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UPDATED: Cops on the hunt for rape suspect

Deputies ask for tips from public

Posted: September 4, 2009 3:23 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2009 4:10 p.m.
 
Detectives are on the hunt for a man who forced a woman to drink alcohol and raped her in her car after she agreed to give him a ride outside a Castaic liquor store, sheriff's deputies said Friday.

Sometime between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Aug. 20, the man approached a 30-year-old woman outside a Castaic market and asked her for a ride, according to Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The woman told detectives she agreed, if the man would buy her a bottle of hard liquor, Harris said. When the man came back to the car, Harris said, he told the woman to move over and let him drive.

Once behind the wheel, the man allegedly drove to a remote area off of Lake Hughes Road. After allegedly forcing the woman to drink the alcohol and several attempts to have her perform sexual acts, he allegedly raped her, Harris said.

At some point, the woman told detectives, she came to and saw the man get out of the car, lock the door and walk away. She slept in the car and called the Sheriff's Station shortly before 8:30 a.m., Harris said.

The woman, who does not live in the Santa Clarita Valley, was treated for bruises and abrasions and cleared at a local hospital, Harris said.

"We want to put this guy behind bars where he belongs, assuming he's responsible," Harris said.

The suspect, who was captured on a store surveillance video, was described as Hispanic or Native American, between the ages of 30 and 40, weighing around 200 pounds and standing between 5-feet 6-inches and 6-feet-tall, with dark, shoulder-length hair. He was reportedly wearing a grey tank-top, dark shorts and shoes, and a backwards ball cap with a "Rock Star" logo.

Detectives are considering the possibility the man is involved in the trucking industry, partly because the assault allegedly happened near the Interstate 5 corridor, Harris said. He said law enforcement agencies along the I-5 corridor were notified to be on the lookout.

Anyone with information on the suspect can call the Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121 or Det. Dave Campbell at (661) 799-5143.

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