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New York native arrested in connection with two separate sexual assaults in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California – Police took a man into custody on Friday who they say sexually assaulted two women in separate incidents earlier this month in the Fairfax and West Hollywood areas.

Police are encouraging any additional potential victims to come forward.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the incidents took place between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the 800 block of Vista Street in the Fairfax area and in the 7600 block of Hampton Avenue in West Hollywood.

According to police, detectives found that the same person was responsible for both attacks and fled into the downtown Los Angeles area.

The Los Angeles Police Department announced that they had arrested 27-year-old Gabriel Hodges, a New York native, in connection with the crimes. They added that Hodges was a homeless man in the territory of Los Angeles.

Charges of aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary with intent to commit a sexual assault, and assault with intent to commit rape were filed against Hodges on Tuesday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Hodges remains in custody on $2.1 million bail.

Information that might lead to the identification of more victims or witnesses should be reported to the Los Angeles Police Department at 213-473-0447 or 877-LAPD-247; the Sheriff’s Information Bureau at 213-229-1850; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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