Between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 man is suspected of assaulting 2 women in separate incidents, within less than 20 minutes of each other. The first of these was caught at least partially on surveillance video. Some have speculated that the man may be homeless.
The LAPD has since released images of the suspect. He’s been described as a Black man, with black hair, brown eyes, and a mustache. He weighs approximately 140 to 150 points, around 5’ 8” or 5’ 9” tall, and expected to be between 30 and 35-years-old. 
In the first attack, he was carrying a bag and wearing a dark baseball cap reading “USA” on it. KTLA describes him wearing a striped shirt and light-colored pants.
The first of these incidents happened at approximately 1 p.m. within the 800 block of North Vista Street in Los Angeles, near Melrose Avenue. According to ABC7, the woman was pushed into a garage and the suspect had intended to rape her. Luckily, she was able to escape.
Surveillance video shows the two walking into a home’s driveway, with the man’s arm around the woman’s neck. He’s seen pushing her through an open gate and then both disappear from the camera’s view. Shortly after, the woman is seen running away and heading into the street. NBC Los Angeles notes that she can be seen waving at passing cars for help.
Later, the suspect comes back into the frame but is noted as calmly picking up his bag and strolling away. A neighbor, Alex Dumanov, describes this as chilling. “He was waiting for a victim, you know? I mean…It’s not a random attack.”
According to Ana Benko, who lives on the 800 block and is the board president of Melrose Action Network, “There were three people home, and they did not hear her scream.” She also notes that safety feels like it’s decreased in the area, saying, “We walk with whistles now, even in daytime. This was not like this before, I’ve lived here for 46-years.”
The Melrose Action Network additionally released the video after it was obtained by the homeowner. 
The woman eventually ran into the path of a car. The vehicle was being driven by Aaron Colbert. “My instinct was to just unlock the door and she just jumped in,” Colbert explained. “It happened so quickly… I could just tell there was something really wrong, and I could tell she needed help.” Colbert then drove the woman to a police station nearby.
The latter of the two attacks occurred less than a mile away, in the 7600 block of Hampton Avenue in West Hollywood. This was only 15 to 20 minutes after the first attempted assault. According to authorities, a woman was pushed into her apartment and then screamed, causing the man to run away. 
A West Hollywood resident, Katie Kaplan, describes her feelings on the matter. “It’s really terrifying, it’s West Hollywood, it feels like a pretty safe area to be in. But it goes to show that there are a lot of brazen people out there who don’t really care.”
Though the attacks occurred less than a mile apart, they fell into two different police jurisdictions: sheriffs from West Hollywood and the LAPD are on the lookout and warning residents to be cautious. Investigators have confirmed that these two cases are being compared.
According to FOX LA, residents aren’t surprised that the assailant is possibly homeless. Some claim they’ve seen empty houses become overtaken by squatters.
Anyone with information is urged to contact LAPD at (213)473-0447 or the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at (310)855-8850.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.