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Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Young Girl in Bellflower

Investigators said the suspect “forcefully pushed” a young girl into his vehicle on Feb. 16 at a convenience store.

February 28, 2023

BELLFLOWER, Calif. (KABC) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding anyone who may have been victimized by a man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Detectives with the sheriff department’s Lakewood station are seeking potential victims of 42-year-old Mario Luis Chavez.

Investigators said Chavez “forcefully pushed” a young girl into his vehicle the night of Feb. 16 while she was standing in front of a convenience store in the 17600 block of Bellflower Boulevard in Bellflower.

Chavez then proceeded to sexually assault her while in the vehicle, the sheriff’s department said. A description of Chavez released by LASD lists him as a 5-foot-9 Hispanic man, weighing about 200 lbs.

He was seen driving a white 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx.

Chavez also has a number of a tattoos, according to authorities, including an “Aries” symbol on his left forearm, the letter “M” on his right hand along with the words “Long Live Them.” He also has a tattoo on his face and on his left bicep.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

You can also submit an online tip on the Crime Stoppers’ website.