The Los Angeles police have arrested a man they say posed as
an Uber driver andÂ picked upÂ a woman
waiting for aÂ ride in the Westlake district
areaÂ into his car. According to Police Chief Charlie
Beck, 39 year old Dartanyun Smith pretended to be an Uber driver
and pulled up to a woman waiting for an Uber driver. She said Yes
and got into his car. However, as soon as she got in, he drove
about two blocks, he choked her unconscious several times and raped
her several times as well.
Fortunately for her, she fought Smith each time she was
conscious, she screamed and cried which alerted neighbours in the
area who thankfully called the Police.
Responding officers heard her criesÂ coming
fromÂ a dark-colored SUV, in which they said they saw a
maleÂ suspectÂ assaulting a
womanÂ in the back seat.
â€œThe victim was valiantly fighting the
suspect,â€ policeÂ said in a statement.
â€œThe officers tried to open the doors of the
suspectâ€™s vehicle, but they were locked.
Officers used their batons to break the
vehicleâ€™s side windows in an attempt to render
aid to the victim.â€
Police said the man jumped into the
driverâ€™sÂ seat, started the engine
andÂ drove towards one of the Police
officers.Â Â The officer shot at Smith but
â€œThe suspect vehicle continued to flee from
the officers,â€ police said in their statement.
â€œThe officers pursued the vehicle but lost sight
Beck told reportersÂ that officers found the woman
standing in the street after she had beenÂ pushed out of
the vehicle by Smith.
â€œWe believed that we had a predator loose on
the streets of Los Angeles,â€ BeckÂ said.
â€œWe didnâ€™t want the second
crime in aÂ series to occur.â€
Police Chief Charlie Beck said on Monday
thatÂ Smith was arrested over theÂ weekend
after he was tied to the â€œhorrificâ€
crime throughÂ DNA evidence collected from the victim,
according to the Los Angeles Times.
Smith was arrested at Saturday morning, according to police
booking records. He is being heldÂ on $1 million