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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is announcing an arrest in yet another rape on an MTA bus. The incident took place Wednesday evening is the third reported this year.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the latest incident, a man and his victim boarded the 217 bus just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The bus carried only one other passenger.
The sheriff's department describes the victim as an 18 year-old woman, who is mentally challenged. Surveillance video shows she took a seat at the back of the bus and was immediately followed by her assailant who positioned himself between her legs and assaulted her.
The assault lasted a full ten minutes. Investigators say she did not cry out because she was afraid and has the mental capacity of a child.
When the only other passenger on the bus realized she was being attacked, he informed the driver who stopped the bus. The assailant fled before he could be confronted.
Video footage circulated on Thursday, led to a tip and a subsequent search of a Culver City home. Sheriff's deputies took a suspect into custody.
What makes the brazen assault, more troubling is the fact this is the third such incident reported on an MTA bus this year.
The MTA claims such incidents are "very uncommon," a questionable assessment given that even one incident is itself too frequent; three are unimaginable.
The suspect has not been publicly named, but appears to be a young, black man between the age of 18 and 20.
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