By Erica Morse
Publisher, Victims News Online
Updated 1:45am CST, December 17th, 2012
Just hours after LAPD officials released a sketch of the man they dubbed, “The Ear Gauge Stalker,” the 20-year-old suspect surrendered to police.
Kevion Ray Hunt was wanted on suspicion of sexual assault after police received two separate reports of incidents on December 9th from women in the same Los Angeles-area apartment complex.
According to police, Hunt allegedly approached a woman in her 30’s who was pushing a baby in a stroller. He started with small talk, then reached under her dress and groped her. When she screamed, he ran away. About an hour later, the same man approached another woman, also walking back to her apartment, and engaged her in small talk. He grabbed her and dragged her into a secluded area, trying to disrobe her, before two passersby confronted him and scared him off.
Based on the profile released Friday morning — along with Hunt’s sketch — Lt. Paul Vernon of the LAPD called the suspect, “impulsive and probably compulsive,” and urged the need for investigators to locate him quickly.
While the “ear gauges” worn by Hunt allowed police to provide a unique identifying characteristic of the suspect, they also created an overwhelming amount of leg-work for the investigators, according to Lt. Vernon. “We have to run down every tip eventually because once we have an arrest, the defendant will try to claim that any ignored tip biased him,” Vernon said.
Investigators, however, got a lucky break just hours after the sketch was released, after Hunt’s mother learned her son was wanted, and accompanied him to the police station, where he surrendered to authorities. He was charged with felony attempted rape and is currently being held on $100,000 bond.