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County may offer reward in rape case

Local supervisor proposes $20,000 for information leading to arrest

Posted: September 9, 2009 10:08 p.m.
Updated: September 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
County supervisors may offer a $20,000 reward to anyone who can help locate and convict a man police say raped a 30-year-old woman in Castaic last month, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced Wednesday.

“A reward of this nature is usually used as a tool to assist law enforcement by providing a financial incentive for the public to provide any information that will allow us to solve crimes,” said the supervisor’s spokesman Tony Bell.

“It is our hope that if someone has any information, they will contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station.”

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are set to vote on whether to offer the reward next week.

Investigators have described the suspect as a male Hispanic or American Indian between 30 and 40 with long, shoulder-length brown or black hair.

Surveillance photos show him wearing a gray sleeveless tank top, dark shorts and a backwards ball cap with a “Rock Star” logo.

He is described as a “transient type,” but “clean,” authorities said.

Detectives believe the man could live locally since he had knowledge of the Castaic area where the rape occurred.

They also believe he could be connected to the trucking industry and is possibly a truck driver, according to a sheriff’s report.

On Aug. 30, the suspect approached the woman outside a Castaic market and asked for a ride.

The woman, who does not live in the Santa Clarita Valley, agreed under the condition that the man buy her a bottle of hard liquor, according to the sheriff’s statement.

After returning to her car with the liquor, the suspect drove the woman’s car to a remote area off of Lake Hughes Road, forced her to drink the alcohol and raped her, according to the statement.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Dave Campbell said citizens who see the suspect should not try to interact with him or detain him.

“Don’t take any independent action,” he said. “Monitor his actions and call us ... He’s obviously a dangerous man.”

Anyone with information can contact Campbell at (661) 799-5143. Anonymous tipsters can contact the station’s Crime Tip Line at (661) 284-2847, or send a report online at www.scvsheriff.com.

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