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Arrest made in rape of woman on L.A. County bus

By Greg

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:33 p.m. HST, Nov 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES » For 10 agonizing minutes, an 18-year-old mentally disabled woman was raped in the back of a Los Angeles County bus at rush hour as it rolled past a state park, shopping mall and cemetery while no one on board did anything to stop it.

Surveillance video shot on the bus showed the attack and helped deputies nab a suspect, but it also showed that the driver and all but one of the few passengers aboard didn't seem to notice what was going on.

"The victim told our detective that she was shocked and didn't know what to do and was in fear for her safety and for her life," said Sgt. Dan Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The one passenger who appeared to try to get the driver's attention in the video left the bus without saying anything and police were still trying to track him down.

Kerry Trotter, 20, was arrested thanks to an anonymous tip by someone who saw an image from the surveillance camera that was publicly released.

Trotter was booked for investigation of rape and was being held on $1 million bail, authorities said. It wasn't immediately known if he had retained an attorney.

Given that Trotter was standing up with his back to the driver and the victim was sitting down, other passengers may not have known a rape occurred, Scott said.

"People generally think of a rape as some type of an attack where someone is thrown down. It is not always the case," Scott said. It "seems reasonable that they would not know what was going on."

The attack occurred Wednesday shortly after 5 p.m. as the woman, who was returning from school, boarded the bus at a stop in suburban Culver City and was followed to the back by her attacker.

There were only four or five passengers during the five-mile leg when the crime occurred and by the end there was only one remaining, who tried to get the driver's attention. It's unclear what the driver saw.

The victim, who has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, did not scream for help, but she told the driver she had been raped after the assailant exited the bus, Scott said.

Trotter, who is unemployed, has previous convictions for grand theft and possession of rock cocaine, according to court records. He was previously investigated for sexual assault, but no charges were ever filed, Scott said.

Trotter and his victim do not know one another. Authorities wouldn't say if DNA evidence had been recovered.

"We believe it was a crime of opportunity, that unfortunately she was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Scott said.

It was the third rape so far this year on county buses that annually carry millions of people.

Bus drivers are trained to call transit dispatchers when they become aware of a possible crime, said Marc Littman, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. If a crime is in progress, there is a silent alarm on board that can be tripped.

"This is an extremely rare occurrence," he said.

It was unclear if the driver saw what transpired. He was being interviewed by authorities.

"We don't believe anybody else did anything wrong," Scott said.

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kainalu wrote:
20 years old. Bruno is going to have this kid for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
on November 10,2012 | 09:54AM
poidragon wrote:
Yep, you will reap what you have sown and now little brother is gonna be some lifer's little tail piece in the big house now!
on November 10,2012 | 11:23AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
The shocking indifference of people who fail to intervene or even report is what allows this sort of thing to happen in the first place. A person would have to have a fair idea of peoples' aversion to getting involved in that cesspool called L.A. to be so bold as to sexually assault a person on a city bus. What's particularly galling is that he committed this gross indecency on one of the most vulnerable citizens of our supposedly civilized society. This animal deserves life without parole. Too bad there aren't any provisions for extenuating circumstances allowing for capital punishment in this heinous crime. If so, I'd pull the switch myself and rid society of this festering, maggot-ridden pustule. He doesn't deserve to breathe the same air we do. My only hope and consolation is that he will relive his crime over and over again within the confines of the California State Penal system, a most decidedly unfriendly home for sex offenders, who must constantly watch their back(sides). POS.
on November 10,2012 | 11:57AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Yea..... The shoe will be on the other foot when he arrives at jail. At his age, he'll be someones girlfriend in the slammer. I hope he experiences the same type of treatment he gave in jail.
on November 10,2012 | 11:59AM
I cannot believe she was being raped and no one did anything to stop him. Who would have sex on a bus? Gotta be a rapist..stupid people. What 's wrong with people now days.
on November 10,2012 | 07:08PM
leiann wrote:
Where is Al Sharton ??????
on November 11,2012 | 08:53AM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on November 11,2012 | 10:37AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Where else do you think?
on November 11,2012 | 11:03AM
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