A man who pretended to be an Uber driver and brutally sexually assaulted a female passenger, prompting police to shoot at him, has been arrested less than a week after the violent attack in the Westlake area, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday.
Dartanyun Smith was arrested at a South Los Angeles home on suspicion of kidnapping early Saturday morning, Beck announced at a morning news conference.
The incident began about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, when LAPD received a call about a woman screaming from inside an SUV in the area of 1300 block of Ingraham Street.
Officers did not have the exact address when responding and began searching parked cars for the assault, Beck said.
“As they drive by … they hear the screams. They can see the assault going on in the back seat of this SUV,” Beck said. – Continue