In a serious of attacks which began Friday morning, a number of women were
attacked and raped or attempted to be raped in South Los Angeles. On Friday
at 2 a.m., the suspect attempted to rape a female but was stopped when
they were spotted a by a civilian. Not too long after, he tried to assault
another woman with a fake gun. The victim, however, fought back. Although
she lost several teeth in the struggle, she was able to get the gun away
from him. With the gun in her possession, she attempted to shoot him,
only to realize that the firearm was fake.
Later that evening, there was another suspected attack was on a 76-year-old
woman in an apartment. The suspect was finally caught while he was attempting
to rape a woman in her 30s. The incident was seen by an LAPD sergeant
and a perimeter was set up around the area so that he could not get away.
The man is now in custody but the authorities are not releasing his name
as of yet.
If this man is found guilty of rape or attempted rape, he could be facing
extremely serious penalties. According to the California Penal Code §§261-269
(2011), rape is defined as sexual intercourse where the person is incapable
of giving consent or it was accomplished against their will. For one case
of rape, the guilty individual could be placed in state prison for three,
six, or eight years. However, as this man raped or attempted to rape other
victims, his penalties will undoubtedly be more severe. The fact that
he made the victim believe he had a deadly weapon could also exacerbate
the situation. Any cases of
sexual assault are viewed as extremely serious, whether actual violence was present or
merely the threat of it. For more information, please talk to a member
of our team.