Police: Woman Hides in Dance Studio After Rape

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VAN NUYS, Calif. (KTLA) — Authorities are looking for a man who raped and beat a woman, apparently after giving her a ride.

van-nuys-rape-picPolice found the victim inside a dance studio in the 7900 block of Haskell Avenue in Van Nuys overnight.

The woman — described as being in her early 20s — called the LAPD reporting that she had been raped by a male Hispanic in his early 20s, police said.

The victim told police that the attack happened inside the man’s silver pickup truck.

The woman eventually broke free and ran into the studio. She locked herself inside and called police.

She suffered a gash above her right eye. Paramedics took the victim to the hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

The suspect remains outstanding. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD.

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