LAUREL CANYON—The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locating a battery suspect who has been targeting women in North Hollywood’s Orthodox Jewish community. The LAPD reported that on September 19, the Yom Kippur Holiday, an 80-year-old female was walking on Bellaire Avenue from Burbank Boulevard. The victim noticed she was being following by a Caucasian man between the ages of 25 and 30.
After the victim reached Chandler Boulevard, the suspect approached her, grabbed the wig off her head, smiled and handed it back to her. The suspect did not speak any words during the incident, and calmly walked away. On the same day, a 36 year-old woman was walking on Chandler Boulevard at Bellaire Avenue., when she was approached from behind by the same suspect who attempted to pull the wig off her head.
On November 6, a 58-year-old female victim was loading music equipment into her car located in the area of Laurel Canyon and Burbank Boulevard. The same suspect approached the victim and pulled the wig off her head. He stated to the victim, “Oh, I’m sorry” in a sarcastic manner and tossed the wig on the ground before walking away.
All three female victims are part of the Orthodox Jewish community residing in the area where the crimes occurred. The suspect appears to have battered the women and targeted their wigs because of their religious beliefs. Orthodox Jewish women often wear wigs, scarfs, or hats to cover their hair as a symbol of modesty.
Anyone with details about this case is asked to contact LAPD North Hollywood Division Crimes Against Persons Detective Dan Fournier at (818) 754-8451. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wanting to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters can visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Tipsters may download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.