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Suspect arrested in rape of mentally disabled woman on bus

An arrest has been made in connection with the rape of a mentally disabled woman on a bus in Culver City, authorities said today.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s official said a search warrant was served on the suspect’s home in South Los Angeles and that the man was arrested. Sgt. Dan Scott would not release the suspect’s name or give details on how the man was found. An image of the man on the bus has been circulated widely in the media, and authorities have extensive video of the attack.

The attack took place on the near-empty 217 bus in Culver City just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Authorities said both the victim and suspect boarded the bus in Culver City at La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards.

She found a seat at the back of the bus, and the man followed her. Authorities say that without warning the man positioned himself between her legs and began sexually assaulting her over a 10-minute period.

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

The suspect then exited the bus at Sepulveda Boulevard and Slauson Avenue.

The victim reported the attack to the driver after the suspect was gone, authorities said.


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