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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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UPDATE

The locations where the crimes occurred is in the area of Hart Street and Laurel Canyon between Vanowen Street and Sherman Way.



Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division Sexual Assault Unit are seeking any additional persons that may have been victimized by Simon Ruiz Hernandez, a defendant accused of serial sexual assault.

On July 23, 2019, Simon Ruiz Hernandez was arrested for the sexual assault of a minor and subsequent investigations revealed additional victims. Simon Ruiz Hernandez is believed to have assaulted minors that lived nearby as he would befriend children and their families. Among the persons that he is believed to have sexually assaulted was one adult that had been victimized as a young child.

On February 10, 2020, Simon Ruiz Hernandez was held to answer in court on multiple felony counts for sexual abuse of multiple minors between the ages of 11 and 15 years old. His bail is set at 2.8 million dollars and, if convicted, could result in a sentence of life imprisonment.

Simon Ruiz Hernandez's first known allegation of a sexual offense against a child occurred in 2004 and the heinous crimes alleged against him came to an end when he was arrested on July 23, 2019. Detectives believe that additional persons (minors, especially) were sexually abused by Simon Ruiz Hernandez.


Simon Ruiz Hernandez

Detectives are asking anyone with further information to come forward. Any additional information can be provided by calling the North Hollywood Sexual Assault Unit at (818) 754 - 8435. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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