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UPDATE: Woman Reports Being 'Grabbed from Behind' on Culver City Bus

Culver City Police Captain Dave Tankenson says the investigation is ongoing and leads are being followed. He says it's the first he's heard of anything like this happening on a Culver City bus.

UPDATE: Nov. 15, 11 a.m.:

Culver City Police Captain Dave Tankenson told Patch the investigation is ongoing and that the public should know that "it is a rare occurrence on a Culver City bus. I have been here for years and I don't remember hearing anything like this happening on a Culver City bus."

Regarding the unofficial report (see story details below) that a Culver City bus driver reported that a person matching the suspect's description was dropped off at the Culver City Expo Line station and had a bicycle with him, Tankenson said, "We don't want to go into specific details yet, as we don't want to compromise the work our detectives are doing. However we are doing a full and thorough investigation with interviews and we have definitely received follow up information that will help us with this case." 

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A 33-year-old woman walked into the Culver City Police Department after getting off a Culver City bus on Tuesday and reported that she had been “grabbed from behind” by a man while on the bus.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. Culver City Lt. Ron Iizuka told Patch.

The woman got off the bus not far from Culver City Police’s Duquesne Avenue headquarters and police searched the area but did not find anyone, Lt. Iizuka said.

Police are still searching for the suspect who is described as a black male in his 50s, approximately 5’8’’, heavy set, bald and with a dark complexion. He was wearing a black T-shirt and black sweatpants.

According to scanner reports, a Culver City bus driver said he believed a person matching the description was dropped off at the Culver City Expo Line station and had a bicycle. However, Lt. Iizuka said police could not confirm that report.

Culver City Bus officials told Patch they could not comment and the City of Culver City’s Public Information Office did not return Patch’s calls in time to meet the publication deadline.

The investigation is ongoing and currently no further details have been released, including the bus line.  

Tuesday’s alleged incident comes just six days after an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on an MTA bus near Culver City. Authorities arrested a suspect – Kerry Trotter  - two days later.

Patch will bring you more details on this story as they become available.

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JesusChristheals December 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Rare occurence? The 18 year old girl just a month ago was raped for 10 minutes on a Culver City bus? The old guy who was stabbed to death on a Culver City bus? This rape murder molestation crimes are happening on Culver City buses inthe middle of the day? First time this guy heard of such a crime like this? This guy hasnt been paying attentio to what is going on in Culver City!!!!
Kelly Hartog (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Actually, if you read Capt. Tankenson's quote closely you'll see he said this a rare occurrence on a Culver City bus. Both stories you refer to - the rape and the beating - took place on Metro buses that happened to be traveling through Culver City at the time they occurred. Neither incident took place on a Culver City bus.

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