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June 8, 1999 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN
Police were seeking a masked gunman Monday who robbed, kidnapped and sexually assaulted two young women. The women were approached about 11:30 p.m. Sunday by a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a small semiautomatic handgun, said Officer Eduardo Funes of the Los Angeles Police Department. After robbing the women of an undisclosed amount of money, the man forced the women into their car and directed them to a secluded area, where he sexually assaulted them, Funes said.
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April 15, 1999
A 20-year-old man who police suspect is the so-called Westside rapist pleaded not guilty in a Santa Monica courtroom Wednesday to nine felony counts. Jelani Efron King of Los Angeles was arraigned in connection with two attacks. But prosecutors plan to file "substantial additional counts" within the next week involving five other incidents, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office. The charges filed against King stem from a Dec. 21 attack in Santa Monica and a Feb.
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April 14, 1999 | MATT LAIT and JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police have arrested a 20-year-old man they believe is the so-called Westside Rapist responsible for a string of sexual assaults in Palms, Santa Monica and Venice neighborhoods, officials said Tuesday. Jelani Efron King of Los Angeles was taken into custody about 7 p.m. Monday by a multi-agency task force headed by the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities said physical evidence, including DNA, so far links King to six of seven sexual assaults blamed on the Westside Rapist.
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April 9, 1999 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the Westside neighborhood of Palms, fear lingers like smoke after a fire. The so-called Westside Rapist is believed to have struck in the area twice in 10 days, attacking two women who live on the same block. Seven women have been assaulted since December, with the suspect usually slipping into their apartments through an unlocked door or window.
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March 20, 1999
Police were searching Friday for a man suspected of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl from her Los Angeles neighborhood and raping her in a Pacoima motel. Police said the man pretended to befriend the girl, who lives west of downtown, and drove her to the Coral Bells Motel at 10691 San Fernando Road. The man was armed with a gun. After the attack, the girl called police. A resident of the motel also reported seeing the girl and the man in the motel parking lot, said Det.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1999
Police were searching Friday for a man suspected of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl from her Los Angeles neighborhood and raping her in a Pacoima motel. Police said the man pretended to befriend the girl, who lives west of downtown, and drove her to the Coral Bells Motel at 10691 San Fernando Road. The man was armed with a gun, police said. The girl called police after the attack, authorities said. A resident of the motel also reported seeing the girl and the man in the motel parking lot, Det.
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March 4, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
The Valley Trauma Center at Cal State Northridge has received a $12,500 grant that will allow it to reach more people who speak only Spanish. The funds, from Kaiser Permanente San Fernando Valley Health Partnership, will go toward providing more Spanish-language versions of the trauma center's date rape prevention project outreach materials. "It's exciting to reach that segment in the community," said Dove Poock, the trauma center's prevention education coordinator.
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February 22, 1999 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police warned parents Sunday afternoon to closely guard their children after a second girl was possibly targeted for abduction by a man who looked like the attacker of a 12-year-old girl raped last week in a city park bathroom. In the most recent incident, an 11-year-old girl was accosted at noon Saturday by a man on a bike as she walked along Oxnard Street near Vineland Avenue, two miles from the site of Thursday's assault at Valley Plaza Park in North Hollywood.
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February 20, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police on Friday were searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint in a restroom at a public park, authorities said. The attack occurred at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Valley Plaza Park in the 12200 block of Archwood Street, said Capt. Greg Meyer of the LAPD's North Hollywood Division. "This was truly a vicious crime and we want this person caught," Meyer said at an afternoon news conference at the station.
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February 18, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police on Wednesday released more details on the men who carjacked and brutalized a Covina couple this week. Authorities said the married couple had just left a relative's house in the area about 10 p.m. Monday. "They had just gotten into their [truck] and were ready to drive home," said Det. Sean Mahoney of the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division.
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