LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A suspected rapist who is charged with invading a home in the Wilshire area New Year's Day is behind bars. Now the LAPD wants to know if there are other victims.
The rape happened in the Wilshire area on New Year's Day at about 1:30 p.m.
The suspect in custody served time for a similar crime and was paroled in 2007.
The suspect may be wanted for three or more crimes in Los Angeles and Hollywood.
Damicii Deandre Brown, 35, was paroled last year after serving 14 years in prison for kidnap and rape.
Police say that on New Year's Day 2008, Brown broke into a woman's house on the 2100 block of 8th Avenue in Los Angeles and raped her.
"He pounded on the door in a vehement fashion, trying to get the victim inside to open up," said LAPD Detective Paul Bishop. "When she didn't open the door and went to secure the rest of the house, he came in through a back window -- he sliced the screen. In investigating and canvassing the area, we found that he had been to another house in the area, attempting to do the same thing."
Police say evidence gathered at the crime scene was what they called "fast-tracked" with the help of the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center. Lab results that would normally take weeks were returned in days.
Detectives say with evidence pointing to Brown, they staked out the South Bronson Avenue neighborhood where Brown's mother lives.
"That location was put under surveillance by our West Bureau Surveillance Unit here, and actually within a very short period of time, he turned up at the front of that residence, driving a Hollywood stolen vehicle, which we were also aware of," said Det. Bishiop. "He was taken into custody at that time without incident."
Word of an arrest was welcome news in the 8th Avenue neighborhood.
"It's a relief," said nearby resident Constance Delee.
"It's kind of scary knowing that somebody's still out there that's doing these things. You don't want to go out of your house. It's kind of scary knowing somebody's out there."
The LAPD is asking for the public's help in identifying more victims. If you have any information, you are urged to call the LAPD West Bureau Sexual Assault Team: (213) 473-0447.
Gary Chaloner is an extraordinarily talented cartoonist. But don't take my word for it – the late, great Will Eisner was so taken with Gaz's talents, that he entrusted him with several of his classic characters, including old Spirit back-up stars Lady Luck and Mr. Mystic, as well as the one-eyed Crossroads City cop, John Law.
A few years back, IDW published a nice John Law collection, featuring both the handful of original Eisner stories from the late Forties, along with some newly-created adventures, brilliantly written and drawn by Gaz.
Now Gaz has set up a new website to archive all of the existing Law stories, and plans on continuing the series with a bunch of new adventures in the weeks and months to come. If you dig The Spirit, or crime comics in general, you should check it out.
(And, as you can see above, Gaz was gracious enough to contribute a pin-up to the forthcoming Femme Noir miniseries (by our blog buddy Chris Mills) – a team-up, of sorts, featuring both the mystery woman of Port Nocturne and Crossroad's Finest!)
Writer and blog buddy Chris Mills sends out this update on his new project. You can get more from: www.atomic-pulp.blogspot.com/ Moonstone has just posted the solicitation copy for the second issue of Kolchak Tales: Night Stalker of the Living Dead, due in stores in April, 2008. Issue #1 has been solicited for March. Be sure to tell your local comics dealer to order you a copy or three.
The page above is from that second issue, and is just about the most text-heavy page in the book. Still, as Diana Rigg once explained to Miss Piggy, you gotta put plot exposition somewhere!
The three-issue miniseries – and the page above (click on it for a readable version) – is written & lettered by yours truly, with art by Tim Hamilton and colors by Ian Sokoliwski.
Here's the solicitation copy:
KOLCHAK TALES: NIGHT STALKER OF THE LIVING DEAD #2 (of 3) Written by Christopher Mills Illustrated by Tim Hamilton Cover by Dave Aikins 32 pages, color, $3.99
Forget the Children of the Corn... Kolchak and the local sheriff are up to their ears (pun intended) in ZOMBIES at a small-town corn festival.
But what is the terrible secret behind these walking, lifeless people...
and what else besides people has it affected?
This is one story Kolchak may not want to get to the bottom of!
doubleosection.blogspot.com gives us this report on the huge story breaking story for fans of the literary 007!
CommanderBond.net has uncovered the images of all fourteen covers for the forthcoming UK hardcover "Centenary" editions of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels from the blog of cover artist Michael Gillette www.pencilsqueezing.blogspot.com.
Gillette’s work, and the images are really, really cool -- the only gripe is they seem more film-inspired than novel-inspired (especially Live And Let Die), as the images are so Sixties (seemingly inspired by the poster campaign for the '67 spoof version of Casino Royale, each featuring a beautiful woman tattooed or painted with the title of the book).
As the whole point of this line is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the author of the novels, it seems a little strange, but no matter; Gillette has created some fantastic new Bond imagery sure to separate collectors with their hard-earned cash when the books come out this spring!
He's clearly studied all sorts of previous Bond art, as various movie posters and prior paperback covers can be seen as influences on his work. Visit his blog to peruse all of the illustrations.