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Accused rapist’s case going to trial

Canyon Country man faces 27 counts in 2007 incident

Posted: July 11, 2008 1:17 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Adrian Arriano appears in court in October 2007. He faces 27 charges, including attempted murder and nine counts of forcible rape.

 

SAN FERNANDO — Ten months after his arrest, the alleged Canyon Country rapist is ready to go to trial.
Attorneys in the case against Adrian Arriano, 30, appeared in a San Fernando courthouse Thursday morning, agreeing to start trial within 20 days of the next hearing date on Aug. 13.

Deputy District Attorney Angela Jordan also told the judge she had received an envelope containing medical records from Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The records may be used as evidence during trial, and were sent to Jordan through the court clerk.

Barring any delays, attorneys should start selecting jury members in early September. Both attorneys estimated the trial will last about two weeks.

Arriano, who is being held in Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $10.5 million bail, appeared in Judge Barbara Scheper’s courtroom with head shaved and in handcuffs and a blue jumpsuit. Listening to Schelper’s instructions through a court-appointed, Spanish-speaking interpreter, Arriano agreed to moving forward to the trial stage.

Reportedly a twice-deported illegal immigrant from Mexico, he was arrested on Sept. 10, 2007, after he broke into a Newhall woman’s apartment. Arriano reportedly tried to pry open a window to the second-story condominium.

Responding sheriff’s deputies later found Arriano riding his bicycle in the area. It was believed that the woman was his next victim, according to authorities.

Including the reported Newhall break-in, Arriano — also known as Andres Gomez — was implicated in several rapes and break-ins around Canyon Country during the first half of 2007.

During a news conference shortly after Arriano’s arrest, sheriff’s Capt. Anthony La Berge said the alleged attacker had knowledge of confidential details about reported rapes in January and March, and about a related case in June, when a woman fought off her attacker.

All of the attacks took place in the same area of Canyon Country, at homes along a pedestrian path off Soledad Canyon Road.

La Berge said the specificity of detail was key in linking Arriano as a possible suspect to the crimes.
Formal charges were officially filed against Arriano on April 17, when Jordan read 27 total counts to the judge. Arriano, who was represented by the county public defender’s office, entered a plea of not guilty after the counts were read.

Charges include one count of attempted murder, nine counts of forcible rape, four counts of sexual penetration by foreign object, three counts of sodomy, three counts of forced oral copulation, four counts of burglary, one count of false imprisonment by violence, one count of residential robbery and one count of assault to commit a felony during a burglary.

The burglary charges were originally filed under one case and the rape and assault charges under another, but the two were consolidated into one single filing, according to Scheper.

If convicted, Arriano could face life in prison.

Arriano’s next scheduled appearance is on Aug. 13 for a pre-trial conference in Dept. H.

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