PASADENA >> An Azusa man admitted breaking into a Glendale woman’s home and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint before being chased away by her adult son in 2015, officials said.
Justin Amador Rios, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday in to one count of forcible sexual penetration in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said. Rios also admitted to a special allegation that he personally used a knife in the crime.
Rios did not know his victim prior to the crime, Santiago said. “It was a random attack.”
The attack took place on June 3, 2015, in the 900 block of Orange Grove Avenue, officials said.
“The defendant broke into the 38-year-old victim’s home and assaulted her at knifepoint,” Santiago said in a written statement. “When she managed to scream for help, her adult son woke up and stopped the attack.”
Glendale police found and arrested Rios in connection with the attack the following day.
Two additional counts of forcible oral copulation and one additional count of burglary were dismissed during Thursday’s hearing, which was the result of a negotiated plea arrangement, according to Santiago and court records.
Rios is expected to receive 24 years to life in state prison when he returns to court for sentencing on May 16, Santiago said.
PASADENA >> Investigators are seeking a man who sexually assaulted a male student in a locker room at Pasadena City College earlier this week, officials said Friday.
The attack took place about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the campus, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., according to a crime bulletin issued by PCC.
“A male PCC student was forcefully raped inside the W-building men’s locker room,” the bulletin said.
The victims was an adult, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. The sexual assault occurred as the victim was retrieving items from the locker room.
Police learned of the incident the following day, when they responded to an area hospital after the victim reported the attack, the lieutenant said. Police declined to confirm the gender of the victim.
Officials described the rapist as a Latino man between 20 and 22 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair anbrown eyes. He had his head shaved in the front, with long hair in the back, and has a nose ring through his septum. He was last seen wearing a dark, long-sleeve shirt and Khaki pants.
“The circumstances of the assault remain unclear, but preliminary investigation reveals no known threat to public safety,” Clawson said.
Pasadena police are assisting PCC police with the investigation.
No further information was available Friday afternoon.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
NORWALK >> A man arrested last month on suspicion of raping a woman has been linked by DNA evidence to a second unsolved rape from 2015, officials said Wednesday.
Ronald Mitchell Douglas, 33, is charged with three counts of rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, false imprisonment by violence, attempted sodomy by use of force and bringing contraband into a jail, Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau said.
He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment hearing on March 7 and is scheduled to return to the Norwalk branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing setting, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records.
“Both cases occurred in the city of Norwalk where Suspect Douglas offered to walk the victims home or give them a ride, Jansen said in a written statement. “Shortly thereafter, at a secondary location, Suspect Douglas proceeded to sexually assault the victims.”
Deputies arrested the suspect during the early-morning hours on March 5 in connection with an alleged attack on a 40-year-old woman, officials said.
“During the investigation, DNA evidence revealed that Suspect Ronald Douglas was linked to a 2015 case where he is suspected of sexually assaulting a 37-year-old female,” Jansen said.
Douglas was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail pending the trial process, records show.
Investigators suspect there may be additional victims who have yet to come forward, and encouraged anyone with information to do so, Jansen said.
The sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau can be reached at 877-710-5273, or by email at email@example.com. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
NORWALK >> A student football player from Cerritos College in Norwalk who was previously convicted of rape as a teenager has been charged with the rape of a fellow student, authorities announced Thursday.
Prosecutors filed two counts of rape by force or fear against Kishawn Holmes, 21, on Feb. 24 in the Bellflower branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and court records.
Investigators from the LASD Special Victims Bureau arrested Holmes two days earlier in connection with the alleged sexual assaults of a 19-year-old woman, Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau said in a written statement.
The crimes took place on Sept. 8, according to court documents.
“Suspect Holmes was a student and football player for Cerritos College,” Jaramilla said. “The incident occurred in the city of Norwalk, and did not occur on the college campus.”
Further details of the allegations were not available.
Holmes pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to appear in the Norwalk branch of Los Angeles Superior Court for a preliminary hearing setting on March 16, records show. In the meantime, he’s being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic.
Holmes and his alleged victim, a 19-year-old woman, were acquainted through school, Jaramilla said.
The victim took part in a physical therapy program, he said. As part of the program, physical therapy students conduct sessions with student athletes.
The alleged crimes took place after the victim met Holmes for a physical therapy session at a home in Norwalk, according to the sergeant.
The attorney from the County Public Defender’s Office who represented Holmes during his arraignment hearing could not be reached for comment Thursday.
“Special Victims Bureau detectives believe there are potentially additional victims related to this investigation,” Jaramilla said.
Holmes has been accused of rape and other sex crimes before, while in High School.
As a student football player at Murrieta High School in Murrieta, at age 17, Holmes was arrested and charged with crimes against six underage female victims.
The charges included two counts of forcible rape, two counts of lewd acts with a girl under 14 and three counts of false imprisonment, as well as one count of dissuading a victim from reporting a crime. Holmes’ family and attorney said the charges were unfounded.
He pleaded guilty to rape by force in April 2014, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall said. In juvenile cases, proceedings are public record only for certain serious crimes, including rape. Hall said he could not confirm or discuss the outcome of other counts against Holmes that are not public.
Holmes was a star player at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, where he transferred after attending West Valley high School in Hemet.
He earned the nickname “Sweet Feet” during a passing tournament in Diamond Bar from rapper Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, who was a fixture of SoCal sidelines while his son, Cordell Broadus, was playing locally.
His performance on the field earned him at least one Division I scholarship.
He posted on Twitter that he was “blessed” to received a scholarship from Akron University in November, and another from Akron University earlier this month.
He also took the social media network to discuss recent struggles and accomplishments in his life.
“I was homeless house 2 house the last 3-games of the season & maintained over a 3.0 & produced an ALL-AMERICAN season real,” he Tweeted on Feb. 6, along with a collage of video clips of himself.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
— Riverside Press Enterprise staff contributed to this story
PHOTO of Kishawn Holmes courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
POMONA >> A soldier from Glendora who was on a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army when charged with molesting of a girl and the raping a woman entered a not guilty plea Friday, authorities said.
Fadi Haddad, 39, denied three counts of lewd acts upon a child and two counts of forcible rape during an arraignment hearing in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement.
Haddad, who remains held in lieu of $5 million bail, was ordered to return to court July 28 for a preliminary hearing setting, she said.
“If convicted as charged, Haddad faces a maximum of 75 years to life in state prison,” Ardalani said.
The defendant, a reservist with the U.S. Army who works in military intelligence and translation, was deployed to Iraq when prosecutors filed charges against him on April 20, according to district attorney and Glendora police officials.
The army sent him back to Fort Hood, Texas, before he was ultimately returned to Los Angeles County to face the trial process in late-May, officials said.
Haddad is accused of molesting a then-13-year-old girl in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014, Ardalani said. He’s also accused of raping a woman in 2014, and again in 2015.
Haddad knew both victims prior to the alleged crimes, officials said.
Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-9250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
GLENDORA >> A U.S. Army solder from Glendora man has been returned to L.A. County from an Iraq deployment to face charges of child molestation and forcible rape, authorities said Wednesday.
Prosecutors charged Fadi Haddad, 39, on April 20 with three counts of committing lewd acts on a child and two counts of forcible rape of an adult, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
He is an army reservist with the rank of specialist who works in military intelligence and translation, Glendora police Detective Chris Farino said.
After prosecutors filed charges against Haddad in April, the Army arranged for him to be returned to his deploying base in Fort Hood, Texas, in mid-May to await legal proceedings, officials said.
Haddad waives his right to fight extradition and was returned to Los Angeles County to be booked into jail early May 28, Farino said.
The alleged child molestations involved an underage girl who Haddad had access to, and occurred between October of 2009 and October of 2010, and also between October of 2013 and October of 2014, Ardalani said.
The investigation began after, “a child revealed that he’d been sexually abusing her,” she said.
The child victim was 13 years old when the abuse began, Farino said.
During the course of investigation the alleged crimes against the child, detectives also encountered a woman who alleged that Haddad had raped her twice, in August of 2014 and in July of 2015, Ardalani said.
Haddad was also previously acquainted with the alleged adult victim, Farino said.
Haddad is scheduled to appear for arraignment June 17 in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.
In the meantime, he was being held in lieu of $5 million bail.
Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-9250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
VALINDA >> A man raped and robbed a woman at knifepoint behind a Valinda shopping center Wednesday, authorities said.
Deputies apprehended a suspect several hours after the 6:45 p.m. attack at a small shopping center in the 1400 block of Valinda Avenue, just north of Maplegrove Street in the unincorporated county area of Valinda, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. David Cortinas said.
The suspect approached the woman and ordered her behind a building at knifepoint, the sergeant said. He sexually assaulted the woman and robbed her of her cell phone before fleeing.
The victim, a woman in her 20s, was taken to a hospital for treatment, Cortinas said. She suffered no life-threatening injuries.
Deputies searching the area and following up on leads found and arrested the suspect — a man in his mid-20s — without a struggle in the area shortly before midnight, Cortinas said.
His identity was not available pending the booking process.
PASADENA >> Police are seeking a 16-year-old boy in connection with the alleged rape of a fellow teenager in Pasadena over the weekend.
The crime occurred Friday night at a home in the area of Penn Street and Summit Marengo Avenue , but was not reported until Saturday afternoon, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The suspect and victim had been friends prior to the attack, Mercado said.
Police described the suspect, who remained at large Sunday, as black, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 175 pounds, with black braided hair and brown eyes. His identity was not available.
The victim delayed reporting the crime to police out of fear, Mercado said.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Detectives Wednesday arrested a convicted sex offender from Ontario on suspicion of the rape of a Highland senior citizen during a home invasion earlier this month, authorities said.
Antawon Riley Stubblefield, 27, is accused of rape, oral copulation by force, false imprisonment and home-invasion robbery in connection with the attack and robbery, which took place on the afternoon of Dec. 8 at the victim’s home in the 7800 block of Lankershim Avenue, Highland police officials said in a written statement.
“Investigation revealed that an unknown suspect forced entry into the 67-year-old victim’s residence and attacked her as she watched television,” according to the statement. “The suspect then held the victim against her will inside of her home; during which he sexually assaulted her several times over a four-hour period.”
The attacker stole cash and other items from the victim before fleeing her home. The woman was hospitalized for treatment, and her attacker was not found.
Detectives were notified by crime lab officials Tuesday that DNA collected at the crime scene has been matched to Stubblefield, officials said. Stubblefield was already on felony probation and a registered sex offender for a previous assault conviction.
Officials obtained a warrant for Stubblefield’s arrest, and took him into custody Wednesday when he reported to his probation officer, police said.
Authorities added that detectives are seeking any additional people who may have been victimized by Stubblefield.
According to San Bernardino Superior Court records, Stubblefield was awaiting sentencing in his previous case at the time of the Highland attack. He was released from custody Nov. 16 after being granted a waiver allowing him to be free from custody pending formal sentencing.
The Highland home-invasion took place less than a month later.
Stubblefield had pleaded “no contest” to a count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and engaging in prostitution stemming from a Sept. 1 arrest, records show. An additional count of attempted forcible rape was dismissed by the court.
He was sentenced under AB 109 guidelines, which state officials say is intended for “non-violent, non-serious and non-sexual” offenders.
He received a sentence of 150 days in jail, with credit for time already served and good behavior. He was also sentenced to three years of Post-Release Community Supervision and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
He was formally placed on felony probation at a hearing Tuesday, the same day his DNA was linked to the Highland crime scene.
Stubblefield was being held without bail Wednesday at the West Valley Detention Center pending his initial court appearance, officials said.
PHOTO of suspect Antawon Riley Stubblefield courtesy of the Highland Police Department.
WEST WHITTIER >> Deputies detained a teenage boy as they investigated a report of the rape of a teenage girl on the grounds of Pioneer High School late Thursday, officials said.
The attack was first reported about 8:30 p.m. at the campus, 10800 Ben Avon Street in unincorporated West Whittier, according to Lt. Tenney of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station, who declined to give his first name. The incident took place well after school hours, and the lieutenant said he was aware of no officials functions taking place at the school.
Deputies responding to a report of a sexual assault found and detained a teenage boy in the area, Tenney said. The boy had not been formally arrested as the investigation continued Thursday night.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau were summoned to take charge of the investigation. No further details were available.