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04-11-2016, 02:10 PM

Fake Uber Driver Arrested After Brutal Sexual Assault of Passenger in Westlake: LAPD
Posted 12:08 PM, April 11, 2016

A man who pretended to be an Uber driver and brutally sexually assaulted a female passenger, prompting police to shoot at him, has been arrested less than a week after the violent attack in the Westlake area, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday.

Dartanyum Larmar Smith, 39, was arrested at a South Los Angeles home on suspicion of kidnapping early Saturday morning.

The incident began about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, when LAPD received a call about a woman screaming from inside an SUV in the area of 1300 block of Ingraham Street.

Officers did not have the exact address when responding and began searching parked cars along dark streets for the assault, Beck said at morning news conference.

ďAs they drive by Ö they hear the screams. They can see the assault going on in the back seat of this SUV," Beck said.

The officers tried to get into the vehicle, but it was locked. When they began smashing the windows, the attacker jumped into the driverís seat and began accelerating away.

Smith allegedly accelerated toward officers, one of whom was struck by the SUV's door. One officer fired a single shot that didnít strike the driver, Beck said.

As the SUV sped away, with the female victim still inside, the officers called for backup and jumped into their patrol vehicle to follow.

About four blocks away, after a frantic search, they found the victim, dumped onto the street, Beck said. She was discovered at James M. Wood Boulevard and Columbia Avenue and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

The driver escaped.

The case was assigned to the Los Angeles Police Departmentís elite Robbery-Homicide Division, and the FBI helped, Beck said.

DNA evidence from a sexual assault kit and the scrapings from the victimís fingernails led to a match in a state crime database, according to the chief. Investigators found Smithís location and served a search warrant that led to his arrest, Beck said.

The chief praised the victim, saying she fought ďvaliantlyĒ against her assailant, despite being choked into unconsciousness three times and brutally sexually assaulted.