Kelechi Amadi (Photo courtesy SMPD)

Kelechi Amadi (Photo courtesy SMPD)

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY Santa Monica police are wondering if there are any more victims of a sexual predator arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to rape a woman on a bus bench.

Kelechi Amadi, 34, is a registered sex offender and has been booked for sexual battery and assault to commit rape, said SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis.

Amadi was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after officers saw him allegedly attacking a woman on a bus bench located on the 400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. The alleged victim told officers that Amadi touched her underneath her clothing and stated that he was going to rape her.

Amadi is on parole for sexual battery and failure to register as a sex offender.

The SMPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying any additional victims. Amadi is homeless and known to travel extensively throughout the Los Angeles area, utilizing public transportation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives as (310) 458-8218 or the watch commander 24 hours a day at (310) 458-8495.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463) or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

Callers can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS, texting from a cell phone or by visiting their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000 reward by Crime Stoppers.

 

kevinh@smdp.com