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Police arrest suspect in attempted rape of homeless woman in Van Nuys

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A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to rape a homeless woman in Van Nuys in September, police said Friday.

The crime occurred on Sept. 15 about 2:50 a.m. in the 6200 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The woman was sleeping in the doorway of a closed business when a man approached her “and attempted to engage in forced vaginal sex with her,” police said in a statement.

A screenshot of the footage released by the LAPD which shows the suspect.

“However, the victim defended herself against the attack,” the statement said. “Minutes after the attack, the suspect returned after removing his pants and shoes and attempted a second sexual assault.”

The name of the suspect and details of the investigation that led to the arrest were expected to be released by police at a Friday afternoon news conference at the LAPD Van Nuys Station.

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