According to Los Angeles Police, a man was arrested in the sexual assault on a homeless woman who slept on the sidewalk outside a shop in the San Fernando Valley.
The woman was sleeping under a surveillance camera and light outside a shop on Sepulveda Boulevard when she was attacked in Van Nuys around 2:30 a.m.
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“It’s a pretty brazen attack,” said LAPD detective Jeff Briscoe. “He’s probably done it before.
“She slept soundly under a fully-lit canopy.”
The video showed the woman in a sleeping bag as the man approached. She tried to push him away and took out a cell phone.
Then the man lunged at her with his pants down. Briscoe, the woman, struggled against the man, kicked him, and swung an empty bucket at him.
About nine minutes later, the man returned with nothing but shirt, socks, and underpants.
“This time he has taken off his shoes and pants and he is baring himself and trying to have an unwanted sexual encounter with the victim,” said Briscoe.
The man appeared to have eye-catching tattoos, including a cross on the neck.
Details on the arrest of the 30-year-old suspect were initially not available. A press conference is planned for Friday at 1 p.m.
The police have responded to at least five similar cases with homeless people in the past year, the LAPD said.