NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS) —  Police say they have arrested a 19-year-old man wanted for allegedly raping and kidnapping a woman.

Officials say Louis Mercado of North Hollywood was arrested Tuesday for allegedly following a 37- year-old woman down a street then forcing her to go to a parking lot where he sexually assaulted her

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the attack occurred around 12:45 a.m. March 11 in the 6900 block of Lankershim Boulevard, police said.

He “pulled her by the arm to a nearby parking lot … ordered her to undress then sexually assaulted her,” according to police. The suspect fled the area shortly after.

Mercado is being held at the LAPD Valley Jail Section in lieu of $1.6 million bail.

Detectives believe Mercado may have been involved in similar crimes in the North Hollywood area, specifically near the Lankershim Boulevard Corridor.

The police urged additional victims or anyone with information regarding similar crimes to contact Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Sexual Assault detectives at (818) 623-4090 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

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Comments (3)
  1. Rick says:

    My condolences to the victim(s).
    Mercado is an UGLY LITTLE TURD who resorts to rape ‘2 Get Some’
    Hopefully he ‘Gets Some’ in the slammer!

  2. Anon says:

    … I went to middle school with that kid…

  3. Anonymous says:

    I went to high school with him! he was in my honors or AP english class(s)…dont remember which one. Probably both. I remember he was really flirtatious with a lot of girls. He was nice and cool. I remember he used to be cute I dont know why he would go out and rape people. What a damn shame.

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