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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Suspect Arrested for University Park Sexual Assaults NR15151lp

Los Angeles: On April 28, 2015 the Los Angeles Police Department, Southwest Area detectives arrested 21-year-old Javier Cardoza, a Los Angeles resident, for sexual battery.

Cardoza is believed to be involved in the Sexual Battery of at least 12 separate victims in the University Park Community. From mid-February 2015 to the present date, there had been a series of sexual battery cases reported in the University Park community in which the suspect would approach victims from behind and either slapped or grabbed the victim's buttocks area and then immediately fled the area.

LAPD officers coordinated with the University of Southern California's Department of Public Safety (USC DPS) to issue several safety alerts to the University Park community. This resulted in additional victims coming forward. Both the LAPD and USC DPS increased patrols in the area and worked in a collaborative effort to identify the suspect via security cameras, composite sketches, and other investigative methods. These efforts paid off as USC DPS officers spotted Cardoza who matched the suspect's description in the area where the crimes previously occurred.

Cardoza and is currently being held on $240,000 bail awaiting arraignment.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Southwest Area Detective Daniel Gonzales, at (323) 290-2975. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipster may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 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.


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