Detectives Seeking Public's Help Identifying Hate Crime Suspect Targeting Jewish Women

November 07, 2018 - 3:11 pm

(KNX 1070) -- Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public's help identifying a suspect targeting women in the North Hollywood Orthodox Jewish community.

Going back to September, during the Yom Kippur holiday, an 80-year-old woman was walking on Bellaire Avenue from Burbank Boulevard, when she noticed she was being followed. 

She described the suspect as a white man, age 25 to 30-years-old. The suspect approached her from behind, grabbed the wig off her head, smiled, and then handed it back, saying nothing. 

Later on in the same day, a woman, 36, was approached from behind by the same suspect who attempted to pull off her wig. 

Tuesday, a 58-year-old woman was loading music equipment into her car, in the area of Laurel Canyon and Burbank Boulevard, when the same suspect approached her and pulled her wig off. The woman says, the man said, "Oh, I'm sorry," in a sarcastic tone, and then threw her wig on the ground before walking away. 

All three of the victims are members of the Orthodox community. Orthodox women wear wigs, scarfs or hats to cover their hair as a symbol of modesty. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD North Hollywood Division Crimes Against Persons Detective Dan Fournier at (818) 754-8451.  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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, 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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program