MID-WILSHIRE : Reward Is Offered in Effort to Find 2 Assault Suspects

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men who assaulted, raped and robbed five women after breaking into a home.

The men, armed with handguns, attacked the women at a house in the 800 block of South Norton Avenue about 8:30 p.m. on May 29.

The assailants filled pillowcases with household items and stole two cars from the driveway after sexually assaulting and beating the five women.

The reward was established last week by the City Council after a motion by Councilman Nate Holden. Police Detective Mike Buttitta said friends of the victims are gathering resources and hope to double that reward.

One of the stolen cars was abandoned and set on fire in the 4300 block of Exposition Boulevard the morning after the incident. The second was discovered abandoned June 3 in a vacant lot near Washington and Crenshaw boulevards.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Buttitta at (213) 485-2921 or, after hours and on weekends, the tip hot line at (213) 485-2504. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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