Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Police provide more details on Echo Park rape

Last week's Eastside Crime Watch included a report of a rape near Echo Park Lake on the evening of October 7. In response to a request for more information about the crime, LAPD Lt. Wes Buhrmester, a detective in the Rampart Division, said the attacker was not a predator and he knew the victim.

"This was a former boyfriend who was visiting the victim, became drunk, then accosted her," Buhrmester said in a comment to last week's crime story. "It is in the investigative stages. It was not a random victim, and there is no serial or similar type predatory rapist on the loose in Echo Park."

Buhrmester said he did not want to minimize the crime but said it was not a "matter for the general public to fear."

Related story:
* Man charged with raping woman in a Boyle Heights park bathroom. KTLA

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