Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Christopher Tysean Webb - Repeat Sex Offender - tries to rape girl in alley

A 22-year-old registered sex offender was behind bars on Wednesday on suspicion of trying to rape a teen-aged girl in an alley near Melrose Avenue, authorities said.

Detectives believe Christopher Tysean Webb may be responsible for assaults on other teen-age victims, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The rape attempt occurred about 1:05 a.m. Monday when the girl was walking near Melrose and Alta Vista Boulevard, according to a statement from the LAPD West Bureau Sexual Assault Detail.

A man walked alongside the girl, engaged her in conversation, then pulled her into an alley and tried to rape her, the statement said.

The girl cried out for help and several residents called 911. Officers arrived in patrol cars with lights and sirens activated, and the suspect ran away, the statement said.

Detectives identified Webb as the suspect and arrested him at 10:30 a.m. Monday, the statement said. He is a registered sex offender, according to the LAPD.

Webb has distinctive, script-lettered tattoos on the back of each hand, reading "Honey" on the right and "Combs" on the left, police said.

Anyone with information about the attempted rape or similar assaults was urged to call the LAPD at 213-473-0447 or 877-527-3247.

Webb was being held at the LAPD's Wilshire Area Jail, his bail set at $225,000, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was booked on one felony count of "attempt rape-victim incapable of consent," a sheriff's jail employee said Wednesday morning.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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