LOS ANGELES—Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Special Assault Section, arrested Ferdinand Ervin Flowers, 35, of Long Beach for the kidnap and sexual assault of 14 women from the city of Los Angeles and other areas within the County of Los Angeles.

According to the LAPD Blog, on Friday, January 12, Flowers while in a vehicle, approached a female near Long Beach and Palm in the city of Lynwood. The victim entered the vehicle and was driven to a street in Rancho Dominguez, an unincorporated area of Carson Sheriff’s. The suspect showed a handgun at the victim, robbed her, and then attempted to force her to perform a sex act. While being held in the vehicle, the victim fought off the suspect and was able to escape. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department, who were conducting an investigation in the area related to this case, spotted the victim falling out of the suspect’s car.

Flowers was arrested in the 600 block of West Victoria Street in Rancho Dominguez, an unincorporated area of Compton Sheriff’s and booked for 211 PC Armed Robbery, to include 664/261(a)(2) PC Attempt Rape, and 236 PC False Imprisonment. He is being held in lieu of a $1,150,000 bail, and was taken into custody without incident.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Detective Dara Brown, LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division, Special Assault Section, at (213) 486-6910. During non-business hours, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). You can also contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau, at (877) 710-5273.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.