Suspect arrested in sexual assault on board Metro bus

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department this morning issued a news release announcing they have arrested a suspect in the rape of an 18-year-old mentally disabled woman who was sexually assaulted on a Line 217 bus shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. The incident took place southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard at Slauson Avenue in Culver City. The LASD on Thursday night released the suspect’s photo to the media and quickly received a tip and subsequently made an arrest.

Here is the LASD news release:

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, an alleged rape of a mentally disabled woman occurred on a public transit bus in Culver City. As a result of extensive media coverage of the incident, South Los Angeles Sheriff's Station received a tip late the following evening regarding the location of the alleged suspect. Based on the tip, deputies located and arrested Suspect Kerry Trotter at a residence located in the 1400 Block of West 99th Street in Los Angeles. Detectives from the Sheriff Department's Special Victims Bureau were notified of the arrest and assumed further investigation of the incident.

Members of the public have long been recognized to be the “eyes and ears” of the community. The arrest of Suspect Trotter reinforces this belief and serves as an outstanding example of cooperation between law enforcement, the media, and the community to identify and apprehend an extremely dangerous and violent criminal.

For additional information regarding the arrest of Suspect Trotter, please contact the Sheriff's Department's Special Victim's Bureau at (562) 946-7901.