For 10 agonizing minutes, an 18-year-old mentally disabled woman was raped in the back of a near-empty Los Angeles County bus as it rolled past a state park and a cemetery, and no one did anything about it.
Several passengers and the driver apparently were unaware that a crime was being committed in the 45-foot-long bus, but one person on board tried to alert the driver and was unsuccessful.
Authorities arrested Kerry Trotter, 20, on Friday thanks to an anonymous tip by someone who saw an image of the suspected attacker taken by a surveillance camera on the bus 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.
Investigators said given that Trotter was standing up with his back to the front of the bus and the victim was sitting down, that other passengers wouldn’t know a rape happened.
“People generally think of a rape as some type of an attack where someone is thrown down. It is not always the case,” said Sgt. Dan Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. For passengers, it “seems reasonable that they would not know what was going on.”