Alleged Monrovia sex predator captured
Deputies with the Special Victims’ unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday the arrest of suspected sex predator Jason Chung Chien Yu, 41, of Monrovia.
Yu is alleged to have frequented areas in the San Gabriel Valley including the cities of El Monte, Monterey Park and Temple City, as well as the southern-Los Angeles city of Lynwood. Yu is described as 5’10” tall, 165 pounds in weight, with brown, balding hair, sometimes wearing glasses, and of Chinese descent.
Police say they suspect Yu of committing multiple crimes against numerous victims over the course of several years. He was arrested by Major Crimes Bureau detectives at his place of employment in Irwindale on May 24, and booked on multiple charges of Forcible Sodomy. Yu is being held in lieu of $1,370,000 bail.
At least six female victims of the sex predator have been identified. After extensive review, detectives believe there may be additional victims and are hoping they will come forward.
Special Victims Bureau Lieutenant Todd Deeds and Sergeant Betty Lascano relayed the circumstances surrounding an investigation into a number of brutal sexual assaults reported in areas within the LASD patrol jurisdiction. Victims reported being lured to a dark-colored sedan by a male adult of Asian descent who promised them money or drugs. Information from these reports led detectives to see a pattern of methods and clarity in planning by a predatory suspect.
Police said suspected sex predator Yu had a predilection to drive victims to motels for the purpose of having sex and, instead, holding them captive, and forcibly assaulting them sexually. That behavior linked the crimes.
Special Victims Bureau investigators compared evidence and information provided by victims to similar crimes committed in surrounding police jurisdictions, and found they were connected, conducted by the same suspect as far back as the year 2012.
Prosecutors said Yu was charged with multiple sexual assault related crimes including, Kidnapping to Commit a Sexual Assault and Forcible Sodomy. He was arraigned at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Friday.
Detectives believe Yu victimized several women throughout Los Angeles County and are searching for any additional victims. If you are a victim or have information related to this investigation, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau on the toll free tip line (877) 710-5273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.