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Police: La Crescenta man tried to kidnap, assault young women

Los Angeles police have arrested a La Crescenta man they say has been trying to kidnap women and sexually assault them around North Hollywood and Burbank, among other places.

Jason Maynard Kies, 37, is being held in lieu of $4 million bail in the Van Nuys jail after detectives arrested him while he allegedly stalked his next potential victim.

Police said Kies started attacking women in North Hollywood on March 22. Around 8 a.m. that day, he allegedly grabbed a woman as she exited her car and tried to force her into his vehicle on Ben Avenue between Hesby and Addison streets.


A few hours later, after fighting off a security guard at a department store when he tried to steal something, detectives say Kies targeted a woman who was jogging. Again, Kies grabbed her and tried to pull the woman into his vehicle near Tujunga Avenue and Sarah Street, but she got away, police said.

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-- Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times