LONG BEACH (CNS) - A 26-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting four women in Long Beach was jailed today.
Isaiah Elijah Andino was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near Redondo Avenue and 11th Street in Long Beach and was booked on suspicion of kidnapping and oral copulation by force or injury, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Andino was being held without bail. The case will be presented to prosecutors Friday, police said.
“The incidents involved victims that lived outside of Long Beach, and range in age from 18 to 22 years old,” according to a police statement.
Investigators allege that Andino connected with three of the women online, set up meetings in residential areas and that once they were in his vehicle, he drove them “to an alley, threatened them at gunpoint, and sexually assaulted them.”
“The suspect then fled in his vehicle, leaving the victims behind,” police said. “In a fourth incident, the suspect came into contact with the victim near a liquor store in the city of 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.”
According to police, the alleged attacks occurred on:
-- July 5 in an alley near Third Street and Mira Mar Avenue;
-- July 22 in an alley near Fifth Street and Tremont Avenue;
-- Aug. 1 at an undetermined location; and
-- Oct. 16 in an alley near Third Street and Quincy Avenue.
In the Aug. 1, case the victim was picked up in Inglewood and assaulted in Long Beach, but the victim did not know the exact location, police said, adding that they responded to the area of Nieto Avenue and Colorado Street.
“A description of the suspect's vehicle is not being released due to the ongoing investigation,” police said.
Detectives believe there are additional victims who they hope will come forward.
Anyone wishing to report an assault was urged to call Long Beach police at (562) 435-6711 or Sex Crime Detective Darlene Wigmore at (562) 570- 7233.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.