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$35K Reward Offered for Sex Predator Breaking Into Apartments Around Los Angeles

A $35,000 reward was offered Tuesday for information leading up to the arrest of an accused sex predator who was involved in several incidents around Los Angeles and was caught on surveillance video twice breaking into two apartments.

County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Councilman Mitch O'Farrell and the Los Angeles Police Department will hold a news conference 8:30 a.m. outside the Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles to announce the reward.

The predator might have been involved in several incidents in the Echo Park, downtown Los Angeles, East Hollywood and Silver Lake/Sunset areas.

Surveillance footage was released Aug. 5 in the hunt for the accused sex predator after one victim said he told her: "You're pretty. I want to make you mine," before grabbing her.

The Los Angeles Police Department was searching for a man caught on camera twice in two different apartment buildings.

Police accused him of going into the victim's homes and attacking them in the East Hollywood and Historic Filipinotown areas.

The first victim left her front door open in the 800 block of N. Mariposa Avenue so she could go to the laundry room just after noon. The man can be seen using his shirt to open the door, presumably to not leave behind fingerprints.

That's when a man went inside and waited behind a door for her to return, the LAPD said.

Once the woman came back inside, the man pushed her up against the wall and assaulted her, police said.

In the second attack, the woman was in her bedroom in the 1600 block of Cortez Street. She had left her door unlocked, and the man went inside.

When she heard her dogs barking, she went to the door to find the man standing in her apartment.

The man said, "You're pretty. I want to make you mine," then put his hand in her shirt and pulled her against a couch, the victim told police.

When the woman's dog bit at the man, he ran, police said.

The man was described as 25 to 30 years old, with black hair and brown eyes, about 6 feet tall and weighing 170-190 pounds. He was seen wearing a green shirt with a depiction of the Virgin Mary, blue jeans and white shoes.

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