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L.A. Now Live: Mentally disabled woman raped on MTA bus

Times reporter Robert Faturechi will discuss the latest details in the investigation into the rape of an 18-year-old mentally disabled woman, who was assaulted for 10 minutes on a Metro bus.

The discussion will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Authorities released a photo of the suspect, who left the 217 bus before the driver became aware of the assault, according to authorities. The attacker got off at the last stop where the bus makes its turnaround at Jefferson Boulevard near Slauson Avenue.

The attack took place in the rear of the near-empty bus Wednesday evening and went unnoticed by the driver, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"During the rape, an unknown witness, the only passenger on the bus, attempted to get the driver's attention," the department said in a statement. 

The victim reported the attack to the driver after the attacker was gone.

Detectives said the attacker is black and between 18 and 20 years old. He is 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with short-cropped hair and was wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt with narrow horizontal stripes, authorities said.


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