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Man convicted in a series of rapes

February 20, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

The man authorities dubbed "the Koreatown rapist" was convicted Thursday of more than a dozen felonies stemming from attacks on four women and attempted sexual attacks on two others in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

Tyreese Lamar Reed, 29, is believed responsible for 13 sexual assaults and related robberies in Koreatown, Beverly Hills and Glendale from Aug. 26, 2004, to June 15, 2005, police said.

All of the victims, who ranged in age from 17 to 55, were Asian. Eleven were of Korean descent.

The jury convicted the electronics technician on 16 counts related to six cases that investigators linked to Reed using DNA. Reed was ordered to return to court March 25 for sentencing. He faces a maximum state prison sentence of more than 100 years plus four life terms.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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