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Fake Uber Driver Arrested After Brutal Sexual Assault of Passenger in Westlake: LAPD

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Whats easier than kidnapping? When the victim willingly comes to you... (please don't do this....)

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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.

Police respond to a report of a woman screaming inside a vehicle April 3, 2016, in Westlake. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Dartanyum Larmar Smith, 39, was arrested at a South Los Angeles home on suspicion of kidnapping early Saturday morning.

The incident began about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, when LAPD received a call about a woman screamingfrom 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 along dark streets for the assault, Beck said at morning news conference.

“As they drive by … they hear the screams. They can see the assault going on in the back seat of this SUV," Beck said. etc cont

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Fake Uber Driver Charged With Rape of Passenger in Westlake Was Out on Bail at Time of Assault

 

A 39-year-old convicted felon from Los Angeles was out on bail when he allegedly posed as an Uber driver and then raped a female passenger who got into his SUV, court records show.

Police respond to a sexual assault of a woman picked up by a fake Uber driver in Westlake on April 3, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Dartanyun Lamar Smith, aka “Dark,” was set to be arraigned in a downtown L.A. courtroom on Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in announcing charges against him.

Smith was charged with one felony count each of kidnapping to commit rape, forcible rape, sodomy and assault on a peace officer in the April 3 attack in the Westlake neighborhood.

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LAPD had provided various spellings of the suspect’s name, finally saying it was Dartanyum Larmar Smith, which is different than the spelling provided Tuesday by the DA’s office. The spelling provided by police is listed as an “aka” on the criminal complaint, along with “Dark.”

He faces up to life in prison if convicted in the SUV assault.

Prosecutors planned to ask that his bail be set at $3.1 million.

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