LOS ANGELES–A La Crescenta man was arrested March 22nd after a 24-hour crime spree that featured two attempted kidnappings and a robbery. Thirty seven year old Jason Kies was targeting a third potential victim when he was taken into custody by LAPD officers.
According to a LAPD press release, Kies first drew authorities’ attention when he attempted to kidnap a woman at 8 AM on a residential street in North Hollywood. Kies allegedly pulled up in a gray GMC SUV and tried to force the victim into his car as she was leaving her vehicle on Ben Street between Hesby and Addison Street.
Depite his initial failure, Kies remained undeterred. Around 12 PM that same day, Kies attempted to steal some merchandise from a Marshall’s Department Store located on Ventura Boulevard near Vineland Avenue. Kies fought with a security guard before he fled the location without the stolen goods.
It only took an hour before Kies struck again. A woman was jogging on the in the area of Tujunga Avenue and Sarah Street when Kies once again tried to force the victim into his SUV. Meanwhile, detectives from the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division were able to identify Kies as a possible suspect and place him under surveillance. Officers found Kies trailing yet another woman as she was jogging in the La Crescenta area. In order to prevent another incident, Kies was arrested on the spot.
The LAPD is searching for any other possible victims who may have been assaulted by Kies. Throughout his spree, Kies was seen wearing a RCVA baseball cap, black shoes, gray shorts, and gray shorts. He was also seen wearing a pair of black sun glasses that was not present during his arrest. In addition to La Crescenta and North Hollywood, Kies is also known to frequent the city of Burbank.
The LAPD were not immediately available for contact.
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