A man suspected of being the so-called Hair Bandit was arrested Tuesday at a Long Beach apartment complex, according to police.
Acting on an anonymous tip, officers arrested Michael Lynn Howard, 47, about 4:30 p.m. at a building on Pine Avenue., said Long Beach Police Officer Jana Blair. Howard, who lives in Norwalk, offered no resistance, Blair said, adding: "Women with long hair can rest easier."
During the last few weeks, Howard is believed to responsible for five incidents in Long Beach and one in East Los Angeles in which women have have been grabbed from behind and had chunks of their hair sliced off with a knife or scissors.
At least four of the victims were Latina. They have ranged in age from 12 to 45, Blair said. One victim, who did not report the attack, was described by a witness as a young girl who was assaulted at 7:15 a.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and Chestnut Avenue, Blair said.