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Man in Custody After Sexual Assault on Metro Train

The man walked into the Inglewood police station after his image was circulated in connection with the attack on an empty train



    Man in Custody After Sexual Assault on Metro Train

    A man wanted in connection with a sexual assault involving a passenger on a Los Angeles Metro train has turned himself in, officials said Thursday.

    Danon Drake, 23, turned himself into the Inglewood Police Department around 10 p.m. Wednesday after he said he was told investigators were looking for him and his photo was on the news, officials said.

    He was transferred into Sheriff’s Department custody is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

    A woman told police she boarded a Metro Purple Line train May 17 about 10:45 p.m. at the Wilshire/Western station headed toward Union Station. She said the attacker was masturbating over his clothing in the near-empty train car, and when she got up to try to find a panic button, he followed her, said Sgt. Al Garcia, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    He then pushed the woman, forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, Garcia said. The woman was able to kick the attacker, and he got off the train at the Wilshire/Normandie station.

    The woman stayed on the train and got off at the next stop, Garcia said.

    No witnesses were on the train.

    The man was captured on the train’s surveillance video, and several tips were reported to the Sheriff’s Department after the image was broadcast, officials said. 

    Christina Cocca contributed to this report.