Sherwood Forest. Big news doesn’t happen in this small part of Northridge very often. Certainly not the attempted rape of a woman over 70!
Standing before news cameras Detective Stephanie Diaz says “Someone must know something.” She puts out a composite drawing of a black male, about 5'8" tall, 170 to 180 lbs and wearing all black. She says, “if t his was your grandma or your mom you would want someone with any kime of information to come forward. And, that’s what we’re asking as well.”
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander says “This is a sick, cowardly, heinous crime."
He says more police patrols will be added to the area and, with regard to the crime, he adds that the suspect “took her outside. Apparently the elderly victim fell and was injured." Police say that's where the man tried to sexually attack her. Englander says, the suspect brought her back into then house and, for whatever reason, felt bad that she was injured. He sat and talked with her for awhile and then he left.”
To a lot of people Sherwood Forest is the perfect community. There are big homes, gated homes, large lots and very little crime. In fact, there are very few people that can even believe something like this would’ve happened.
Raquel Baca, who lives in the area, says “I am surprised and it’s alarming, but it happens. We’re not immune to it.”
Steve Slutzah serves as VP of the Sherwood Forest Homeowners Association. He says, “We’re very very concerned about it and as a neighborhood we’re going to be very concerned about what’s going on.”
Slutzah says Sherwood Forest isn’t all that big. It has maybe 1100 homes that range in value from $700,000 to over a million dollars.
This isn’t the first such attack on the elderly in this part of the valley. Outside of Sherwood Forest, in Northridge, there was another sexual assault in 2015. In That one, police say, an elderly woman was raped. The suspect, however, was described very differently from the one in the latest Sherwood Forest.
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If you have any information in either case call the LAPD.