Hollywood

Police Seek Possible Additional Victims of Sexual Assault Suspect

Police say a sexual assault suspect charged with at least two attacks in the San Fernando Valley, one of which involved a minor, is suspected of being involved in other assaults too.

Allen Dante Villarreal was arrested May 9 and identified through DNA for the sexual assault of a minor in 2018 in the Topanga area and a 2019 sexual assault in the North Hollywood area. He was also identified as a suspect in a 2012 sexual assault of a minor in Ohio, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to police, Villarreal would contact his victims on the street and later sexually assault them.

The victims, who ranged in age between 15 and 23 at the time of the assaults, did not know Villarreal, who may have been homeless when the assaults occurred and was known to hang out in Santa Monica, Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, Compton, Carson and West Los Angeles, police said.

Villarreal recently got a tattoo on his face, but did not have one during the known sexual assaults, and had short hair or short dread-lock style haircuts, police said.

Charges have been filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office against Villarreal in both incidents, but police believe he is possibly involved in additional sexual assaults throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas and police are seeking any additional victims.

Anyone who was a victim of Villarreal or has information about either assault he is charged with was asked to call Detective John Perez of the LAPD's North Hollywood Sexual Assault Unit at 818-754-8429.

After-hours calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.

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