Support for LAist comes from
Made of L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Mentally Disabled Woman Raped For 10 Minutes on Metro Bus [UPDATED]

Suspect as seen on surveillance video (Photo courtesy LASD)
Our June member drive is live: protect this resource!
Right now, we need your help during our short June member drive to keep the local news you read here every day going. This has been a challenging year, but with your help, we can get one step closer to closing our budget gap. Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership.

A young woman says she was raped while riding on a Metro bus, and authorities are looking for the suspect, and have surveillance images to help determine his identity.The 18-year-old woman, who authorities say has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, reported the rape Wednesday evening at 5:10 p.m. The victim says she and the suspect got on the 217 bus at the same time at La Cienega Blvd. and Jefferson Blvd., in Culver City, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The LASD describes the suspect's encounter with the victim:

The suspect followed her to the rear of the bus where she sat down. The suspect, without any warning or provocation, stood and faced her while positioning himself between her legs and sexually assaulted her.

While the sexual assault was taking place, the only other passenger on the bus tried to get the bus driver's attention. However, after ten minutes of contact with the victim, the suspect exited the bus at its last stop, which was at the turnaround at Sepulveda Blvd. and Slauson Ave. At that time, the victim reported the rape to the bus driver.

Support for LAist comes from

The suspect is described as a male Black, between the ages of 18 - 20, 5’08”-5’10”, 150-160lbs, short cropped hair, dark complexion, wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt with narrow horizontal stripes. Anyone with information about the suspect and the alleged crime--particularly the unidentified passenger on the bus--is asked to contact the LASD immediately.

Harassment is not uncommon on Metro buses and trains; recently we shared several stories from women who report experiencing sexual harassment while riding Metro and other public transit systems.

Kerry Trotter (Photo courtesy LASD)
UPDATE 11:30 AM: The LASD are reporting they have made an arrest in the case, which they will discuss with the press later this afternoon.UPDATE 3:25 PM: This afternoon, the LASD has released information about the suspect in custody. Kerry Trotter was located using information provided to authorities from a tipster, and was arrested at a home in the 1400 Block of West 99th Street in Los Angeles.

Authorities say the suspect was positively identified and interviewed. A search of the location where he was arrested "provided additional evidence to support the allegations," according to the LASD.

Trotter, who has been booked at South Los Angeles Station on the charge of Rape, 261(a) (1) P.C., has "an extensive criminal history, including charges of sexual assault," say authorities.

Bail has been set at $1,000,000.00.

Most Read