A man suspected of committing sexual battery in nearly two dozen incidents in the West Los Angeles area is now in custody.
Derrick Kim, 32, targeted nearly all his victims from behind before taking off from the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Kim was arrested Tuesday following a surveillance operation, which saw him grope a 50-year-old woman’s breasts.
“This case involved a sexual predator who has been active since October 23rd, 2020, and committed a reported 23 misdemeanor sexual batteries in the West LA area,” the LAPD said in a news release.
Kim allegedly committed his crimes in the area of UCLA and Westwood Plaza. Authorities started their investigation on Nov. 18.
“In almost all of the reported crimes, the suspect approached lone females from behind, fondled their breasts or buttocks and quickly fled from the scene. The suspect typically wore a hooded sweatshirt and a surgical type mask which concealed his face,” the police added.
Kim has been booked at the Valley Jail for sexual battery. He remains in custody on a $575,000 bail.
Anyone who has suffered or witnessed similar attacks is urged to contact the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division at 213-486-6910. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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