Two women; Two attacks; One culprit.
On February 15th, two separate women at two separate times were attacked by the same transient man. They were walking around town in the middle of the afternoon when a man attempted to assault each of them in a 15 minutes span. Read the full story below:
The Full Story
“Two women were the victims of separate assaults at the hands of a transient man, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD put out a public notice Tuesday night regarding two attacks that happened earlier in the day in the West Hollywood area.
Around 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, a woman was walking in the 800 block of N. Vista Street near the Fairfax neighborhood when she was assaulted by a man who police believe is a transient in the area.
The woman told police the man had pushed her into a garage, but she was able to quickly get away safely.
About 15 minutes later, another woman was attacked on the 7600 block of Hampton Avenue in West Hollywood by a man who matched the description of the earlier suspect. She told police the man pushed her into her apartment, but when she screamed for help, the man ran off.
The suspect has been described as a man in his 30s, Black, wearing dark clothing and carrying a bag.
Anyone with information about the man suspected in these attack should contact local law enforcement.
LAPD said runners and walkers should try to exercise in pairs and should always be aware of their surroundings.”
The original story from KTLA can be found HERE
What can we learn?
As women, we need to be constantly aware of our surroundings. There is never a time or place where we can be not be paying attention to what is going on around us. These two women were walking around in the middle of the afternoon in public places. Both were still victims of an attack. We can’t be on alert at all times. However, we can keep our eyes open and pay attention. Watch the people in our vicinity AND places people can use in order to complete an attack.
In this case, a man attempted to push these women into an area where they would be out of sight. This so he could complete whatever nefarious act he was planning. Thankfully, both women were able to avoid being pushed into an enclosed area and potentially a much scarier situation.
Be safe out there and pay attention to your environment, always.