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Woman raped for 10 minutes on Metro bus, authorities say

November 8, 2012 |  7:13 pm

Picture 2An 18-year-old woman was raped for about 10 minutes on a Metro bus as it drove through Culver City, authorities said Thursday evening.

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. 

But the suspect left the 217 bus before the driver became aware of the assault, according to the department. The suspect got off at the last stop where the bus makes its turnaround at Sepulveda Boulevard near Slauson Avenue.

The victim was described by authorities as having the mental capacity of a 10-year-old. She reported the attack to the driver after the suspect was gone.

Detectives said the attacker is African American 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.

Detectives were also seeking the witness. Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at (866) 247-5877. Anonymous tipsters call call (800) 222-8477.

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Photo: Suspected rapist, as seen on bus surveillance footage. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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