Rape suspect at large in Studio City neighborhood

STUDIO CITY, LOS ANGELES

The incident happened about 11 p.m. Tuesday near Ventura Place and Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City.

Los Angeles Police Det. Karen Crawford said a man approached the victim, threw her to the ground and raped her in what is typically a highly-trafficked area.

"There are always people out and about, but there's always dark, hidden areas," Crawford said. "There's bushes, there's shadows."

Authorities described the suspect as an African-American man, about 40 to 45 years old, with a tattoo on his right forearm. He was allegedly wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt and a wedding band.

Locals said they couldn't remember hearing of a crime like it in the area.

"It's pretty scary," said Michal Feldmar. "You think of Studio City as a safe neighborhood. Lots of families."

Crawford said it had been about a decade since they investigated a similar incident in the area.

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