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Violent Prowler On The Loose Has Residents On Edge

Residents in Arleta were being warned Wednesday about a prowler who may be escalating into a sexual predator after three break-ins in less than a week, authorities said.

A 54-year-old woman was lying on her couch when a man entered the home and grabbed her crotch, LAPD Detective Marc Madero stated in a news release.

She was able to fight off the attacker, but was severely beaten in the process, according to the release.