EAST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (FOX 11) - Police officers took a man into custody Friday morning as they searched for the suspect in the Metro Red Line station assault case. Officers later determined that the man was not the suspect.
The man was detained around 6:30 a.m. right across the street from the Metro Red Line at Sunset and Vermont. Just before 9 a.m., officers said that he was not connected to the Metro Red Line case, but he was arrested on outstanding warrants that include resisting arrest.
Authorities continue to search for the Metro Red Line assault suspect, who is accused of violently raping a woman on March 14 in a secluded area of the Metro Red Line station in East Hollywood. Authorities said the victim had asked the suspect for directions, he then lured her into a secluded, emergency exit room at the station and strangled, punched and raped her, police said.
The suspect was described as a black male with brown eyes, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet,10 inches tall and weighs about 165 to 180 pounds. He has a shaved head, wears an earring on his right ear, has a 2 inch to 3 inch scar on his left forearm and was wearing all dark clothing at the time of the assault.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Rodriguez with the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Area at 323-561-3328. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.