Police have arrested a man suspected of holding four women at gunpoint in Long Beach alleys while he sexually assaulted them. Police said the attacks they know of all happened between July and Oct. 16, but there may be more.
Isaiah Elijah Andino of Long Beach was booked into jail Wednesday night on suspicion of kidnapping and oral copulation by force or injury. He is being held at the Long Beach Jail without bail.
Detectives allege Andino, 26, found three of his victims by connecting with them each online before they individually agreed to meet him in a residential area of Long Beach.
“Once the victims were inside the suspect’s vehicle, he drove them to an alley, threatened them at gunpoint, and sexually assaulted them,” police said in a news release. “The suspect then fled in his vehicle, leaving the victims behind.”
Police say Andino met the fourth victim near a liquor store in Inglewood near Manchester Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue.
“The suspect forced the victim into his vehicle at gunpoint, drove her to an alley in the city of Long Beach, sexually assaulted her and left her behind,” police said.
The victims are all women in the age range of 18 to 22 years old, police said. They were assaulted in alleys around Belmont Heights, according to authorities.
The first assault was in an alley near Third Street and Mira Mar Avenue on July 5. On July 22, another woman was assaulted in an alley near Fifth Street and Tremont Avenue.
Andino allegedly picked up the third victim in Inglewood on Aug. 1 and police responded to the area of Nieto Avenue and Colorado Street, although the exact location of the attack was unknown, they said. The fourth victim was assaulted in an alley near 3rd Street and Quincy Avenue on Oct. 16, according to authorities.
“Detectives believe additional victims may exist and are hoping they will come forward,” police stated.
Anyone wishing to report an incident should contact Police Dispatch at 562-435-6711 or Sex Crimes Detective Darlene Wigmore at 562-570-7233. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Valerie Osier is a breaking news reporter for the Long Beach Post. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ValerieOsier
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