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Witnesses who intervened in sexual assault of 13-year-old boy in Glendale sought


Police are looking for witnesses who intervened after a boy was sexually assaulted at a Glendale doughnut shop late last month.

The incident, which was caught on video, occurred on the morning of Aug. 31 as a mother and her two sons were getting breakfast at the shop located in the 600 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale police said.

A still from surveillance video provided by Glendale police shows a man sexually assault a boy on Aug. 31, 2022.
A still from surveillance video provided by Glendale police shows a man sexually assault a boy on Aug. 31, 2022.

While the family was paying for their breakfast at the counter, the suspect, identified as Farid Lalezarzadeh, walked behind the victim and allegedly “pinched him on the buttocks,” police detailed in a news release.

Video released by police on Tuesday shows the man then get hand sanitizer at the counter.

A witness saw the incident and stepped in to protect the boy. The witness and his friend then confronted the suspect, who then left the area.

Police were notified and were able to identify and find Lalezarzadeh, who was eventually arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.

Police have not found the witnesses that intervened during the incident and are hoping to speak to the two men who protected the child.

“Their witness statements are crucial to the successful prosecution of the suspect,” police said.
Anyone who witnessed the crime or similar crimes related to Lalezarzadeh is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4911.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.



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