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Teenager Sexually Assaulted on Metro Bus in Culver City

Have you seen this man? The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau is reaching out to the public to help find the man who sexually assaulted an 18-year-old with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old on a bus in Culver City.

 The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau has released the above photo in the hopes that the public can help identify the suspect and the witness to a sexual assault that occurred on Metro Bus Line 217, Route 11, La Cienega Expo Line, southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, at Slauson Avenue in Culver City early Wednesday evening.

According to the LASD, the incident occurred at 5:10 p.m. when an 18-year-old female with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, reported that she was raped on the bus.

The teenager reported that she and the suspect boarded the bus at the same time at La Cienega Blvd. and Jefferson Blvd., in Culver City. The suspect followed her to the rear of the bus where she sat down and then without any warning or provocation, stood and faced her while positioning himself between her legs and sexually assaulted her.


During the rape, an unknown witness, the only other passenger on the bus, attempted to get the bus driver’s attention. After about 10 minutes the suspect stopped his assault and exited the bus when it reached the last stop at the turnaround (Sepulveda Blvd. & Slauson Ave.). It was then that the victim reported the rape to the bus driver.

The suspect is described as a black male, between the ages of 18 – 20, 5’08”-5’10”, 150-160lbs, short cropped hair, dark complexion, wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt with narrow horizontal stripes.

Detectives believe that the unidentified passenger may be able to help identify the suspect, and he is asked to contact LASD Special Victims Bureau investigators.

Anyone with information concerning the suspect or unknown witness are urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victim’s Bureau toll free at (866) 247-LASD (5877). If you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

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Tom November 09, 2012 at 06:48 AM
"an unknown witness, the only other passenger on the bus, attempted to get the bus driver’s attention. After about 10 minutes the suspect stopped his assault and exited the bus when it reached the last stop"
concerned November 09, 2012 at 07:05 AM
This is a sad story , How come the the bus operator doesn't have a tv monitor in front of them so they can see whats going on in the back of the bus at a glance . If anything at least the passengers can see they are being recorded .
eliztut November 09, 2012 at 05:25 PM
how could a bus driver and a passenger sit there for 10 mins. I am completely upset and disgusted. I hope this poor girl's family is filing charges, suing for at least 6 figures and the bus driver is fired with ZERO pension and does prison time. ZERO PENSION. NO UNIONS.
CG November 09, 2012 at 08:08 PM
He has a rear view mirror!!!
CG November 09, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I agree eliztut
barackobama November 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
sad society we live in when retarded people are being raped on public transportation. How come it took authorities this long to make an arrest. For ten minutes while survelliance cameras where rolling this disgusting rapist raped a retarded girl in public? It is no longer safe anywhere.... this is exactly why i stay out of Culver City.
barackobama November 09, 2012 at 09:17 PM
maybe the bus driver was the rapist dad, and he intentionally looked the other way
Sara Fay November 09, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I've deleted several comments on this article. I'd also like to remind everyone to please keep it classy in your remarks. This is obviously a sensitive incident. You may also review our terms of use here. culvercity.patch.com/terms
Jeff Wilkins April 02, 2013 at 06:52 PM
What's sad is that more people will be offended by your use of the word "retarded" than those offended by the rape.

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