Feb 22, 2023
Glendale Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two witnesses who intervened when a man sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy at a local donut shop.
On the morning of August 31, the boy and his family were reportedly placing an order at Yum Yum Donuts, located in the 600 block of W. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale. A male suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Farid Lalezarzadeh of Glendale, was also inside the location, according to a police department press release.
As the family was paying for their breakfast at the counter, police say Lalezarzadeh “walked behind the victim and pinched him on the buttocks.” CBS News reported that at about the time the assault took place, Lalezarzadeh used a hand sanitizer station located at the counter.
A male witness who saw the incident take place immediately stepped in to protect the child. The witness and his friend then confronted the suspect, who immediately left the location, Glendale Police officials confirmed.
“As he walks up, he’s gonna use hand sanitizer as a ruse to get close to the kid, cause the kid happens to be standing next to the sanitizer pump, with his left hand he appears to grope or pinch the child’s butt. Then you see the child react,” Glendale Police Department’s Victor Jackson told CBS News.
Authorities were contacted shortly after the sexual assault involving the teenage boy occurred, and Glendale Police Detectives eventually identified and located Lalezarzadeh.
“This type of thing can’t go without prosecution,” Jackson said to CBS. “The family deserves justice and I think everyone can understand why.”
The sexual assault suspect was arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14 years old.
Police are currently searching for the two Good Samaritan patrons of Yum Yum Donuts who confronted Lalezarzadeh before he fled the scene.
“We are looking for the two males that stepped in to protect the child. Their witness statements are crucial to the successful prosecution of the suspect,” police said in a public statement.
Additionally, police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying any additional victims who may have been harmed by the suspect in a previous incident, noting that he may have committed similar acts in the past.
The owner of Yum Yum Donuts told CBS News that she recognized the suspect, as he had patronized her store on previous occasions. The shop owner indicated that she had never run into any problems prior to the August 31 incident involving the 13-year-old boy, however.
Glendale Police Department officials are urging anyone who was a witness to the Yum Yum Donuts crime – or similar crimes involving Farid Lalezarzadeh – to please contact them by calling 818-548-4911.
For anyone who wishes to remain anonymous, the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers may be contacted at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). You can also use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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