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August 25, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gunman who robbed a beauty salon and raped a woman may be connected to 24 similar robberies and five rapes in Los Angeles since February, police say. At about 6:40 p.m. Sunday, a man armed with a revolver walked into Hair Express in the 13000 block of Victory Boulevard, stole $1,000 and raped a woman he found there, police said. The rash of robberies and rapes began six months ago, slacked off and then resumed in June, said detectives, who believe two men may be involved.
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January 5, 2001
A would-be rapist fell two stories from a parking garage roof early Thursday after a woman fought him off and witnesses chased him to the edge of the roof, police said. Rodney Bogans, 43, suffered a broken ankle and a broken wrist after he fell while trying to jump an 8-foot gap between rooftops, authorities said. He was discovered hiding behind a tree and arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, Officer Charles Rodriguez said.
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April 16, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police were searching Wednesday for a man who broke into an apartment, bound two women with tape and raped one of them in an attack early Monday, authorities said. A similar attacked occurred March 16 in Reseda, but investigators don't believe the same man committed both crimes, said Det. Ron Robbins of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division. "When you are trying to relate crimes, you look at the motive and description of the suspect," Robbins said.
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December 20, 2000
With the help of a bloodhound, police arrested a 25-year-old USC student Tuesday on suspicion of raping a woman in a Koreatown parking garage. On Saturday, police found a backpack and a 3-foot samurai sword in the garage where the rape occurred at 11 a.m. Thursday. Officers returned after residents of the apartment building complained about a suspicious man. Inside the backpack, police found a name and address, a university schedule and financial aid materials, said Det. Tom Murrell.
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November 17, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 30 or so women had battled drugs, alcohol and abusive men. Some had been raped. Fanny Garcia was there to tell them they were not alone as victims of sexual assault. "Many feel 'this happened only to me.' We reiterate it doesn't happen only to that person. It happens a lot. That's why we want to give them counseling," Garcia, a Valley Trauma Center prevention education specialist, explained in English and Spanish at a meeting at El Proyecto del Barrio in Panorama City.
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December 20, 2000
With the help of a bloodhound, police arrested a 25-year-old USC student Tuesday on suspicion of raping a woman in a Koreatown parking garage. On Saturday, police found a backpack and a 3-foot samurai sword in the garage where the rape occurred at 11 a.m. Thursday. Officers returned after residents of the apartment building complained about a suspicious man. Inside the backpack, police found a name and address, a university schedule and financial aid materials, said Det. Tom Murrell.
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November 1, 1987
Police on Saturday discounted the possibility that a teen-ager charged with rape and attempted murder--after claiming to be on a Satanic mission to kill prostitutes--is a suspect in a series of unsolved murders of South Los Angeles streetwalkers. Police Lt. Dan Cooke said that anyone suspected of a violent crime in South Los Angeles is initially "looked at as a possible suspect." "We have no reason to believe a Satanic worshiper is doing it," Cooke said.
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December 14, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
A man was arrested Monday for investigation of rape after forcing a woman to go home with him at gunpoint, police said. Reggie McElroy, 36, allegedly pulled a handgun on his ex-girlfriend in Playa del Rey on Saturday night and forced her to go to his Chatsworth apartment, said Capt. Jim Miller, of the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division. McElroy allegedly kept her there for nearly 24 hours and sexually assaulted her repeatedly, Miller said.
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July 29, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A serial rapist believed responsible for attacks on four women in the San Fernando Valley since last March struck again Tuesday night, robbing one victim and raping another in front of her 8-year-old son, police said. A 30-year-old woman and her son had just left a church service and were in her car in a Topanga Canyon Boulevard parking lot when a man armed with a gun climbed into the back seat, said Lt. Sharyn Buck of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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September 26, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Police are searching for a man who forced a woman into a car at knife-point and raped her. The victim was walking on Kewen Avenue at Van Nuys Boulevard about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when the man threatened her with a knife, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jim Zourek. The attacker forced her into a red, four-door compact car, possibly a Honda Civic, Zourek said. The man drove the woman to a residential area, held the knife to her torso and assaulted her in the car, he said.
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April 6, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY
An Antelope Valley High student accused of attempting to kill one teacher and trying to rape another could stand trial as an adult. Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Yochelson said Wednesday a May 12 hearing will determine if the case of the 15-year-old boy, who has been detained at Sylmar Juvenile Hall since his March 27 arrest, will go before an adult court.
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December 14, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
A man was arrested Monday for investigation of rape after forcing a woman to go home with him at gunpoint, police said. Reggie McElroy, 36, allegedly pulled a handgun on his ex-girlfriend in Playa del Rey on Saturday night and forced her to go to his Chatsworth apartment, said Capt. Jim Miller, of the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division. McElroy allegedly kept her there for nearly 24 hours and sexually assaulted her repeatedly, Miller said.
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November 17, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 30 or so women had battled drugs, alcohol and abusive men. Some had been raped. Fanny Garcia was there to tell them they were not alone as victims of sexual assault. "Many feel 'this happened only to me.' We reiterate it doesn't happen only to that person. It happens a lot. That's why we want to give them counseling," Garcia, a Valley Trauma Center prevention education specialist, explained in English and Spanish at a meeting at El Proyecto del Barrio in Panorama City.
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September 26, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Police are searching for a man who forced a woman into a car at knife-point and raped her. The victim was walking on Kewen Avenue at Van Nuys Boulevard about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when the man threatened her with a knife, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jim Zourek. The attacker forced her into a red, four-door compact car, possibly a Honda Civic, Zourek said. The man drove the woman to a residential area, held the knife to her torso and assaulted her in the car, he said.
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August 30, 1999 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police were searching Sunday for a third suspect in an alleged weekend kidnapping, officials said. Two other men have been been booked on suspicion of abducting Juan Carlos Torres, 23, a Pacoima man found on the floor of their car after a police chase early Saturday morning, said Det. Charles Barnes of the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division. No motive has been established for the alleged abduction, Barnes said.
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August 2, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As they continue their search for a serial rapist, Simi Valley police have matched genetic material obtained in three of eight rape cases, giving them their first physical link between the crimes. They have also seen similarities in one of the incidents with a series of assaults that Los Angeles police are investigating in the west San Fernando Valley.
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August 2, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As they continue their search for a serial rapist, Simi Valley police have matched genetic material obtained in three of eight rape cases, giving them their first physical link between the crimes. They have also seen similarities in one of the incidents with a series of assaults that Los Angeles police are investigating in the west San Fernando Valley.
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December 18, 1993 | THOM MROZEK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decomposed body pulled from a well-hidden grave in a North Hollywood warehouse was identified Friday as that of a woman who was killed by her boyfriend six months before he tortured and raped another woman in the same building, authorities said. James Thomas Hernandez told police where to find the body of Pamela Henslee, 33, after he confessed Tuesday to killing her in late 1992 in what he said was a drug-induced rage, said Deputy District Atty. Peter S. Berman.
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July 29, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A serial rapist believed responsible for attacks on four women in the San Fernando Valley since last March struck again Tuesday night, robbing one victim and raping another in front of her 8-year-old son, police said. A 30-year-old woman and her son had just left a church service and were in her car in a Topanga Canyon Boulevard parking lot when a man armed with a gun climbed into the back seat, said Lt. Sharyn Buck of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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July 29, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
--A rapist believed to be responsible for attacks on four women in the west San Fernando Valley since March struck again Tuesday night, raping one woman in front of her 8-year-old son and robbing another woman, police said. A 30-year-old woman and her son had just left a church service and gotten into her car in a Topanga Canyon Boulevard parking lot when an armed man climbed into the back seat. The gunman ordered the woman to drive to a nearby parking lot at 6912 Owensmouth Ave.
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