BEVERLY HILLS—A Beverly Hills sexual assault suspect was arrested by Beverly Hills Police Department on June 14. The violent sexual assault occurred at Wilshire Boulevard and Merv Griffin Way on April 22. The suspect has been identified as Cuauhtémoc “Temo” Perez, 27, of Los Angeles.
According to a press release Canyon News received from the BHPD, surveillance video recovered at the scene, provided investigators with quality images of the suspect. These images were released with the help of various media partners. The media coverage resulted in investigators receiving a lead of a possible suspect.
Lt. Albanese of the Beverly Hills PD told Canyon News, “When we processed the scene, we found DNA. Then, when we got a sample of the suspects DNA, we found that they [DNA] matched.”
The initial investigation revealed the suspect was riding a bicycle while following the female victim who was walking from the City of West Hollywood. He allegedly brought the woman to a secluded location, where he attempted to sexually assault her.
Canyon News spoke to Sgt. Giovanni Trejo of the BHPD spoke to Canyon News via email In April about the incident.
When asked if there have been reports of any other such incidents in the region he replied, “No other reports. Very isolated. There was a struggle between the victim and the suspect. No significant injuries.”
The suspect fled the area on his bicycle eastbound Wilshire Boulevard to westbound Santa Monica Boulevard. A thorough investigation into the lead, coupled with DNA confirmation, gave investigators sufficient evidence to connect Perez to the crime.
On June 18, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for criminal filing. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed one count each of: PC 220(a) (1) – Assault to commit to rape; PC 209(b) (1) – Kidnapping to commit rape; and PC 245(a) (4) – Assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury.
Perez is in custody with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with a bail set at $1 million dollars. He is expected back in court on Thursday, July 12, at the Airport Courthouse.
Anyone with details about this crime, or any other crimes involving Perez, is asked to contact the Beverly Hills Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 310-285-2158.
Written By Madison McKesson and Casey Jacobs