Culver City, CA – Police in California are looking for a man they say raped a mentally disabled woman on a public bus for over 10 minutes.
According to police, the 18-year-old woman has the mental capacities of a 10-year-old. After she boarded Bus Line 217 on Wednesday afternoon, a man who got on at the same time begin sexually assaulting her at the back of the bus.
“The suspect followed her to the rear of the bus where she sat down,” sheriff’s officials said. “The suspect, without any warning or provocation, stood and faced her while positioning himself between her legs and sexually assaulted her.”
The bus was nearly empty, and only one passenger noticed what was going on. ”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.
I don’t know how hard it is to get a bus driver’s attention, but the passenger was unable to do so and the victim was too scared to scream out. So the victim was raped for 10 minutes, in broad daylight, as the bus cruised around Culver City. It wasn’t until the suspect got off the bus at Sepulveda Boulevard near Slauson Avenue, that the victim reported the rape to the driver.
Police say they’d really like to get this guy off the street. “We believe, based on the proximity of the crime being in such a public place and in broad daylight, that there’s a high likelihood he may have done this before,” Sgt. Dan Scott with LA County Sheriff’s Department.
Police say the suspect is a black male between 18 and 20 years old. He’s 5-feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with short-cropped hair and was wearing jeans with a hooded sweatshirt with narrow horizontal stripes. Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at (866) 247-5877. Anonymous tipsters call call (800) 222-8477.Tags: Bus, California, Crime, Mentally disabled, Rape