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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Detectives Seek Additional Victims of Sexual Assault Suspect NR17344dm

Los Angeles: On November 12, 2017, patrol officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Division arrested Jose Rene Pimentel, a resident of Los Angeles, for rape.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 12:15 a.m., the victim hailed what she believed to be a yellow taxi after leaving a bar near the area of Vermont Avenue and Pico Boulevard. Once inside the vehicle, the victim told the driver (Pimentel) to take her to her residence. Instead, Pimentel drove her to Flower Street south of 84th Place and parked his vehicle. Pimentel forcefully sexually assaulted the victim. The victim managed to escape and requested help from a nearby citizen who contacted the police. Officers responded and Pimentel was taken into custody. Pimentel told officers he works as a bandit taxi driver. He drives a faded 2007 Toyota Prius Yellow Cab.


Detectives have provided Jose Pimentel's photograph in case there are additional victims of unreported incidents.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact 77th Area Detectives at (323)786-5423. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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