On March 27 the Glendale Police Department received a report of a suspicious male who had been seen taking photographs of children at a residential apartment complex in the 1400 block of Stanley Avenue in Glendale. Officers arrived on scene and learned the male was a new tenant to the building and had been seen taking photographs of children who live in the complex. The preliminary investigation by the on-scene officers also revealed that the suspect had also allegedly been seen watching the children swimming in the swimming pool of the complex, offering the children candy and inviting them to his apartment. Officers also discovered that the suspect had allegedly touched one of the children; a nine-year-old female, on her arm and back.
Detectives from the Glendale Police Department took over the investigation and learned that the suspect, identified as Medhat Said, 52, had also been listed as a suspect in a similar incident with the Inglewood Police Department in August of 2010. In the Inglewood case the female victim was ten years old at the time of the incident. With new evidence gathered from the Glendale case, detectives from the GPD took the lead on both investigations and presented the cases to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in Glendale. The District Attorney’s office filed one count of 288(a) PC, Lewd act with a child, a felony and one count of 647.6 PC, Child Annoyance a misdemeanor. An arrest warrant was obtained and Said was arrested at his Glendale home on April 3. He was arraigned on April 6 and remains in custody with a bail amount set at $120,000.
Medhat Said is a Registered Nurse who has worked in various hospitals and clinics in the Los Angeles County area and he possesses a certification for pediatric care. Due to Said’s occupation and his accessibility to children, detectives are concerned there may be more victims. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Ernesto Torres, Glendale Police Department, 818-548-3106.