Cell Phone, High-Tech Database Used To Nab Assault Suspect

Detectives say the suspect struck a woman with a beer bottle inside “Benny’s 19th Hole Saloon" in Lawndale. (credit: Facebook)

Detectives say the suspect struck a woman with a beer bottle inside “Benny’s 19th Hole Saloon” in Lawndale. (credit: Facebook)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A South Los Angeles man was behind bars Friday on suspicion of assaulting a woman at a local bar.

Moises Contreras, 33, allegedly struck the victim — who reportedly refused to leave with him — over the head with a beer bottle inside of Benny’s 19th Hole Saloon in Lawndale, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s South Los Angeles Station.

Detectives identified Contreras, of Compton, using information contained in a cell phone left at the scene, as well as information contained within an advanced technology data base known as ASAP (Advanced Surveillance and Protection).

ASAP integrates a combination of technologies such as high-resolution video surveillance, acoustic gunshot detection, and an automated license plate reading system into a centralized data base for use by law enforcement.

Contreras, who has a criminal history of alcohol-related offenses, was booked at South Los Angeles Station for assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $50,000.

Anyone with information regarding the incident was urged to call Detective Marcos Escalante at (323)820-6700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling “LA Crime Stoppers” at (800)222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the L.A. Crime Stoppers website.


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