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Westwood: On December 15, 2020, Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Special Assault Section (SAS), in conjunction with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Police Department and investigative personnel from the LAPD's West Los Angeles Area, arrested a serial sexual predator operating in the area around UCLA and Westwood Plaza.

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 series was initially investigated by Operations West Bureau (OWB) detectives and assumed by RHD on November 18th. 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.

Detectives from the UCLA Police Department were critical in obtaining the identity of a possible suspect. Although due to the nature of how the crime occurred and the way the suspect concealed his face, positive identification by victims had proved difficult. Undercover detectives from West LA's Narcotics Enforcement Detail began to surveil the possible suspect, who was identified as Derrick Kim, a 32-year-old Los Angeles resident. While gathering information as to Mr. Kim's movements, they observed him attack a 50-year-old female transient, by groping her breasts. Mr. Kim was immediately taken into custody without incident, and booked at the Valley Jail for 243.4(A) P.C., "Sexual Battery." Mr. Kim remains in custody with a bail of $575,000.
 
Detectives anticipate that there are more victims who have not yet come forward. They are encouraged to call Robbery-Homicide Division, to report what occurred.
 
Anyone with information about this incident are urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery-Homicide Division detectives at 213-486-6910. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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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