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Rapist nears two years in custody

Man who attacked Castaic woman was arrested in N.Y. after manhunt

Posted: September 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Convicted rapist Eugene Lee Upshaw is nearing his second year in custody following his sentence to 208 years in prison for nine sex-related crimes, including the 2009 rape of a Castaic woman.

Upshaw, 47, was arrested in New York in September 2010 following a nationwide manhunt.

Once apprehended, he was extradited from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office in New York and booked into jail at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Sept. 16, 2010, held on $10 million bail.

Upshaw raped a Castaic woman on Aug. 20, 2009.

He was identified as the suspect by detectives through DNA evidence and, as a consequence, faced several felony charges including sexual assault, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, rape by force, sodomy and other sex crimes.

Upshaw asked a woman for a ride in her car, bought her a bottle of alcohol at a liquor store, then drove her to a remote dirt road in Castaic, where he assaulted and raped her.

The 5-foot-5, 190-pound commercial trucker, who had previously been arrested in Gallup, N.M., for sex crimes in 1991 and 1994, eluded law enforcement after the Castaic attack.

Police believe he used his knowledge of the trucking business to hitch rides with truckers and stay on the run.

Last March, Upshaw was found guilty by a jury in San Fernando Superior Court on nine felony counts including sexual assault, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, rape by force and sodomy.

On April 10, 2012, he was sentenced to 208 years to life in state prison.

On May 10, he entered Wasco State Prison north of Bakersfield, where he remains locked up with about 400 other inmates.

Wasco is described by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a medium custody facility.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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