With some members alluding to the recent kidnap-slaying of a 10-year-old Beaumont boy, the City Council approved a $25,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of a man believed to have sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy at a North Hills fast-food restaurant.
"It's an appropriate time to be mindful that there are those in society who don't care about young children," said Councilman Richard Alarcon, whose district lies just east of the crime scene. "You would think that they could go to the restroom in McDonald's and be safe, but in this world that's not always true."
The boy was having dinner with his family March 30 at a McDonald's in the 8300 block of Sepulveda Boulevard when he got up to use the restroom, according to police reports. A man loitering nearby entered the restroom and assaulted the boy in a stall before leaving the restaurant through a side door, police said.
Grainy video from a surveillance camera mounted near the side door of the restaurant was televised repeatedly in the alleged assault's wake.