From Lookout employees
September 20, 2021 – The Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office on Friday brought sexual assault charges against a registered sex offender who assaulted two homeless women on Santa Monica Beach this month.
Jarvis Mathias Newman, aka Marquis Perkings, a 26-year-old man, was charged with rape and sexual harassment by prosecutors after allegedly chasing the two women in their sleep.
The first victim met with officials on Sept. 12 and told them she had slept in the 1700-1800 block of the beach a few days earlier when she “woke up to a man who touched her vaginal area above her clothes,” the company said Police with.
“The victim screamed and the suspect walked away,” said Lt. Rudy Flores, the police spokesman.
The victim gave the police a description of the suspect and stated that he had “a noticeable gap in his front teeth”.
Three days later, officers were dispatched to the Ocean and Colorado area near Santa Monica Pier to investigate an attack.
The victim told them that she was sleeping in her tent on 1200 beach block around 4:30 am when a man “woke her up and started making small talk,” said Flores.
“At some point the man tried to shift his conversation to a sexual character,” said Flores.
The man then “tried to grab the woman around the neck and undress her,” he said. “The victim screamed and was able to fend off the male before he fled.”
The woman described her attacker to police who were watching a man near the downtown train station that matched the description, Flores said.
The victim clearly identified Newman as the person who attacked her, Flores said. During the investigation, officers learned that Newman was an active registered sex offender.
Detectives were tracking the victim in the first incident, and she also identified Newman as the man who attacked her, Flores said.
Anyone with additional information or an incident related to the suspect should call Detective Jacob Holloway of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) at (310) 458-8934 or the Commandant’s Office at (310) 458-2249.