Person of Interest Detained in East Hollywood Metro Station Rape

Police say a person of interest in the rape of a woman at an East Hollywood Metro station earlier this month has been detained.

The man who was detained has not yet been identified by police and is not currently considered a suspect, a police department spokesperson said.

Authorities released a surveillance photos and sketch of a man who is being sought in connection with the assault on March 14. The man allegedly raped, strangled, and punched a woman while in a secluded emergency stairwell at the Metro Red Lin Vermont/Sunset Station on North Vermont Ave.

The suspect, who is known to police, reportedly frequents the Metro stations from Compton to Santa Monica and is described as a black man with brown eyes, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, between 165 and 180 pounds, with a shaved head, an earring on his right ear and a 2- to 3-inch scar on his left forearm. He wore all dark clothing during the attack, police said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Transit Watch at (888) 950-SAFE; Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS; or LAPD detectives at (323) 561-3328.

Photo: LAPD

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