This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Video: Man Is Attacking And Robbing Koreatown Women In Their Apartment Elevators
A man has allegedly assaulted four women in Koreatown in the same way: he sneaks up behind a woman who is by herself as she enters the elevator in her apartment building, then attacks her and snatches her purse.
This has happened four times between November 9 and December 30, KTLA reports. "In each subsequent robbery, his level of violence has been escalating," LAPD Detective Brenda Hardy said.
The first attack was on November. 9 at about 4:25 a.m. in the 300 block of Alexandria Avenue. The second was at about 12:30 a.m. on November 23 in the 500 block of Hobart Boulevard. In both of these attacks, he followed the woman into the elevator, then punched her and grabbed her purse.
On December 23 at about 2 a.m., he attacked a woman in the 300 block of Alexandria Avenue. Police say he first sexually battered the woman, then punched her multiple times before running away with her purse.
On December 30, he attacked a woman in the 400 block of Westmoreland Avenue around 11 p.m. This time, he snuck up behind his victim in the elevator and put a sharp object to her throat. She tried to hold onto her purse, so he threw her to the ground, kicking and punching her, until he could get away with her bag.
Police have released a surveillance video of the December 30 attack, LA Weekly reports.
The man is described as Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, 5'6" to 5'8" and between 130 and 170 pounds. He is usually seen wearing shorts and a sweatshirt.
Anyone with information should call the LAPD Olympic Division robbery detectives at 213-382-9460. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.