The woman was dropped off in a secluded area near the 210 Freeway on La Tuna Canyon Road. Police say she was kidnapped, tied up and then raped. It happened about 15 miles away in Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard early Friday morning. The woman said the pickup truck pulled up and the man inside offered to help.
"She was waiting for a ride and this gentleman stopped and asked her if she wanted one, she accepted it and it went south from there," said Janet Pope Givens, Pasadena Police Dept. spokesperson.
Police said it was around 4 a.m. when the woman walked out of a Denny's restaurant near the intersection of Colorado and San Gabriel boulevards. The victim said that after she got into the suspect's vehicle, he drove to an unknown location in the city and raped her. Police said the suspect hit her in the face during the attack.
"I don't know what prompted her to get in the car with this gentleman," said Givens. "But if he was that convincing, what our concern is is that there may be other victims out there and we'd like to know."
Police say after the attack the suspect bound the woman's hands and dropped her off near La Tuna Canyon Road and the 210 Freeway.
"I'm very cautious when I am out here alone because it's so terrifying out here alone when you're alone as a woman," said Pasadena resident Yvette Spencer.
Yvette Spencer said she frequently takes the bus at the intersection and said this incident has her concerned.
"This is a really busy street here and it's so much traffic, that early in the morning anyway," said Spencer. "Yeah, so you have to really be cautious when you're out here."
The suspect is a white male, possibly Hispanic, in his 40s, about 5-foot 10 inches tall, weighing 285 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was driving a late-model white F150 white pickup truck.
"To our knowledge there haven't been any others in the area," said Givens. "Although our detectives are certainly checking with other agencies to see if there is something that might be attached. But right now it's an isolated incident and we want to make sure it doesn't happen again."
Pasadena police are asking for the public's help. Anyone who was on the 210 Freeway early Friday morning may have seen something unusual. If you were, you are asked the call Pasadena police at (626) 744-4522.
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