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Hawthorne police seek rape suspect, say he met woman on date website

Hawthorne police are searching for a man accused of raping a woman he met through an online dating service

Hawthorne police are searching for a man accused of raping a woman he met through an online dating service.

Police said the suspect, who used the name "Cardon," took the woman to a CVS store in the 4700 block of West Rosecrans Avenue on Nov. 4 to buy alcohol. He then drove the woman to a nearby apartment, where he allegedly raped her, police said.

The suspect is described as a 25-year-old with a thin, muscular build. Police say he is about 6 feet tall and speaks with a slight Southern accent. Police said the woman in the case reported that the suspect said he moved to California from Atlanta in June and that he worked for a law firm.

The suspect was driving a 2010 or 2011 silver Jeep Commander, police said. Anyone with information about the man's identity or the crime is asked to contact Hawthorne police Det. Matt Lucero at (310) 349-2844.


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Photo: Hawthorne police released still images from a surveillance video showing a man believed to have raped a woman he met through an online dating site. Credit: Hawthorne Police Department

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