The streets of L.A. are slightly safer today after the capture of a suspected serial rapist in South Los Angeles, reports KTLA.

As sergeant spotted the man viciously beating a woman behind a bus stop at Manchester Avenue and Normandie Avenue just before 1:00 a.m. and jumped into action.

KTLA reports:

[The sergeant] jumped out of his car and went after the man, who was on top of the victim, beating her against the concrete.

Authorities said the woman’s head and face were bloodied from the trauma.

Her shirt was pulled up and her pants were pulled down, indicating a sexual assault had taken place or was interrupted by the officer’s arrival.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she’s listed in critical condition, Lopez said.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and hid, but officers tracked him down using a police dog and he was arrested.

According to investigators, the same man is suspected of other heinous assaults in the area, including that of a 72-year-old woman who was raped in her home. He was allegedly able to assault the woman after he came into her home under the pretense that he needed a glass of water.

Two other women were attacked in the area Friday morning by a man wielding a fake gun. One of the women managed to hit him with it.

As someone who has taken that very same bus route, I was chilled to the bone by this report. Thankfully, all the women are still alive to tell their tales. And hopefully, this animal will spend a very long time behind bars.

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