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Man shot at East Hollywood Metro station where woman was reportedly raped days earlier

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LAPD detectives arrested a man, shown in a police sketch and surveillance video, suspected of shooting a person at the Metro Red Line’s Sunset Boulevard/Vermont Avenue station early Saturday.
(Los Angeles Police Department)

A 26-year-old man was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of shooting another man at a Metro Red Line station in East Hollywood, the same station where a woman was reportedly raped earlier this month, police said.

The shooting occurred about 1 a.m at the subway station at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, said Officer Sal Ramirez, an LAPD spokesman.

The 45-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, Ramirez said.

No other details were immediately available.

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Meanwhile, police are still looking for a suspect who allegedly raped a woman recently at the same Metro station.

Police said the woman, who is in her 60s, asked the suspect for directions around 6 p.m. March 14 before he “lured” her into a secluded emergency exit stairwell at the station. The man then choked, punched and sexually assaulted the woman.

An LAPD release described the man as a transient who has been seen in Santa Monica and may frequent the Compton area. He is described as being between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10 and weighing 165 to 180 pounds. He has a shaved head, wears an earring in his right ear and has a 2- to 3-inch scar on his left forearm, police said.

The station’s emergency exit stairwell is required to remain open for public safety and is patrolled regularly by security personnel, Metro spokesman Brian Haas said Friday. Metro and the Los Angeles Police Department are reviewing video surveillance footage to help in the investigation.

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“Metro extends its sincere condolences to the victim in this case,” Haas said in an email. “We have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault on the Metro system, and we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure the suspect is arrested for this crime.”

Anyone with information can contact Det. Rodriguez at (323) 561-3328. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) 527-3247.

Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

javier.panzar@latimes.com

Twitter: @jpanzar


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