Baldwin Park man sentenced for Orange County kidnappings, rapes

Jose Luis Capacete, 40, Baldwin Park

A former security guard from Baldwin Park received a sentence of 75 years-to-life in prison Friday for tying up and raping three prostitutes in 2011 with the use of a stun gun, authorities said.
Jose Luis Capacete, 50, received the sentence following his June 6 conviction on five felony counts and one misdemeanor, according to Orange County Superior Court Records and Orange County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Farrah Emami said.
A jury convicted him of two counts of sodomy by means of force, rape, oral copulation by force or injury, sexual penetration by a foreign object and battery. The jury also found true special, sentence-enhancing allegations of binding his victims, kidnapping and attacking multiple victims.
All three of Capacete’s victims were prostitutes he picked up in Santa Ana, officials said. All three were immigrants and in their 20s.
Orange County Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke said he was satisfied with the prison term.
“The 75-to-life was actually what I had recommended as an appropriate sentence in the case,” he said.
With about 25 years behind bars for each of his three victims, “It ensures that he’ll never get out.”
The crimes took place between June 1 and December 24, 2011, Emami said.
Capacete employed similar tactics in each of the three crimes, Burke said.
“All three testified he brandished a (stun gun),” the prosecutor said. “All three testified that he tied them up with a rope.”
A handgun was brandished in at least one of the crimes, officials said.
Though Capacete worked as an armored car driver for Brink’s in Orange County at the time of the crimes, Burke said the company did not provide him with the stun gun.
Authorities began investigating Capacete following a kidnapping and rape that occurred on Christmas Eve of 2011.
The victim reported the crime to police, who quickly identified Capacete as a suspect due to a vital clue he’d left behind.
Capacete tossed some money at the woman after completing the assault, but accidentally left a receipt from a gasoline purchase with the bills, Burke said.
The gas had been purchased with a credit card, which allowed detectives to zero in on Capacete, Burke added.
Shortly after the arrest, detectives suspected their were additional victims based on the “brutality and sophistication displayed during the Christmas Eve attack, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said at the time. That suspicion would prove correct
While searching his home in Baldwin Park, investigators discovered six cell phones which Capacete admitted belonged to prostitutes, he said.
Two additional victims were subsequently identified.

BOOKING PHOTO of Jose Luis Capacete: Courtesy

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Pasadena Food 4 Less employees detain alleged attempted rapist

PASADENA — Supermarket employees came to the aid of a woman who was being attacked in a restroom Wednesday and held the culprit until officers arrived, police said.
The woman was using a restroom at the Food 4 Less in the 1300 block of North Lake Avenue just after 8 a.m. when a man entered.
Pasadena Police Lt. Pete Hettema said the man knocked the woman to the ground and tried to assault her. She fought him off.
The store employees heard the woman’s screams and held the man for police, according to Hettema.
He said Villaporo Cruz-Molina, 20, was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape. The suspect’s city of residence wasn’t known.
The victim, a 24-year-old woman from Walnut Park, complained of neck pain and was taken to a hospital to be checked out, Hettema said.

- Ruby Gonzales

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UPDATE: Man sought for ‘brutal’ rape of woman inside Rowland Heights apartment

ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Sheriff’s officials Thursday sought the public’s help in tracking down a man who attacked and raped a Rowland Heights woman inside her apartment last week.
The crime took place about 6 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Jellick Avenue, according to Sgt. Richard Ruiz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau.
“This was a brutal rape,” Sgt. Richard Ruiz of the Special Victims Bureau said.
“The (29-year-old) victim was awakened by the suspect after he gained entry through an unlocked sliding glass door and then proceeded to assault and rape her,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The woman was beaten and suffered serious injuries in the attack, sheriff’s officials said.
The rapist was described by the victim as a Latino man between 30 and 35 years old, Ruiz said.
A further description or a composite drawing was not available Thursday, he said.
“It happened in the dark. She couldn’t see much,” Ruiz said.
In was also unclear Thursday whether usable samples of the rapists DNA had been recovered, pending ongoing crime lab examination, he added.
In the meantime, Ruiz said, investigators are reaching out to the public in search of anyone who has information or saw anyone suspicious around the time the crime occurred.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273. Tips may also be submitted anonymously be calling L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Updated: Family of Rowland Heights rape suspect helps deputies make arrest

ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Deputies arrested a man with the help of his family on suspicion of raping a young woman at a Rowland Heights park Saturday, authorities said.
Joey Vasquez, 21, who claimed residency in Baldwin Park, was arrested just after 4 p.m. Saturday in a residential neighborhood near Carolyn Rosas Park in the 18400 block of Farjardo Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Greg Stegner said.
A four-hour manhunt came to a conclusion after Vasquez was ultimately chased down, captured and turned over to deputies by his uncle, the deputy said.
Vasquez is suspected of the early-morning rape of a young woman at Gloria Heer Park, at Galatina and Gallineta streets, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Angie Wilkinson said.
A woman in her 20s was at the park with an acquaintance and another man she did not know prior to being attacked, the sergeant said.
After the woman’s acquaintance left, leaving her alone with the other man, he sexually assaulted her, Wilkinson said.
The attack was reported to authorities, who began searching for the suspect.
Deputies contacted the suspect’s family Saturday and they directed him to Gloria Heer Park, where they spotted Vasquez, Stegner said. Vasquez ran from the deputies, who responded by setting up a search perimeter in the area.
During the search, the deputy said, Vasquez called his uncle and asked the relative to pick him up.
The uncle complied, but after taking Vasquez back to his home, he told Vasquez to turn himself in and the suspect again ran.
Family members called deputies to report where Vasquez was while the uncle chased after him, grabbed hold of him and handed him over to deputies who were arriving in the area, Stegner said.
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Police continue seeking man who sexually assaulted South Pasadena woman in her home

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SOUTH PASADENA — Police are continuing their search for a man who broke into a young woman’s home and sexually assaulted her.
The 18-year-old victim awoke about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Monterey Road and found a man in her room, South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. He sexually assaulted her.
Police launched an investigation and released a composite sketch of the attacker to the public in hopes someone would recognize the man.
“The police department is currently soliciting, processing and following up on leads generated from the initial preliminary investigation along with those received from the public,” according the police statement.
“Information we have been able to develop during the course of the investigation suggests the suspect may have either resided in or frequented the 600 block of Monterey Road,” the statement said.
Investigators are also awaiting the results of DNA analysis of evidence collected from the crime scene, officials said.
Patrols in the area where the assault took place have been beefed up, according to the police statement, “even though we do not have any specific information to suggest the suspect may return.”
The attacker was described as a white man in his 40s, about 5-feet 11-inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown eyes, curly brown hair and facial hair. He wore a red hooded sweat shirt during the crime.
Police advised the public to keep in mind that the suspect may have altered his appearance, such as changing hair length or color, to avoid capture.
Anyone with information is asked to call South Pasadena police at 626-403-7270.
SUSPECT SKETCH courtesy of the South Pasadena Police Department
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Baldwin Park man accused of violent O.C. kidnapping and rape; police seek possible additional victims

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SANTA ANA — A Baldwin Park man has been arrested on suspicion of a violent Orange County rape and kidnapping as officials investigate the possibility he’s responsible for other similar attacks.
Jose Luis Capacete, 39, was arrested Jan. 20 on suspicion of rape and kidnapping with intent to commit rape in connection with an alleged vicious attack on a prostitute in Santa Ana on Christmas Eve of last year, Santa Ana police officials said in a written statement.
Capacete, who works as an armored car driver in Orange County, picked the woman up in a van along Harbor Boulevard, officials said.
“Once the victim was inside Capacete’s vehicle, Capacete produced a handgun and a Taser,” according to the police statement. “The victim’s hands were tied behind her back and she was sexually assaulted in the van.”
Evidence found at the scene ultimately led police to identify Capacete as a suspect in the kidnapping and rape, and authorities carried out a search warrant at his Baldwin Park home, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
“We collected evidence that belonged to six different females that have no relation to him,” Bertagna said. “That’s what leads us to believe there are other victims.”
Capacete was arrested Jan. 20 and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to police and Orange County booking records.
Since his arrest, Santa Ana detectives have learned of other strikingly similar kidnappings and rapes and are investigating the possibility Capacete was also involved in those cases.
Another woman, also a prostitute, reported she was kidnapped and raped with the use of a handgun and Taser on Jan. 7 in Garden Grove, Bertagna said.
Additionally, detectives learned following Capacete’s arrest that U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials investigating an unrelated case had interviewed another prostitute in August who told them she had been the victim of a similar attack in Santa Ana, the corporal said.
Federal officials did not notify Santa Ana police of the report until after Capacete’s arrest.
“This woman that they’re working with brought this incident to their attention and told them what happened, but the documentation never made it here, so we never had a case,” Bertagna said.
“Unfortunately, that’s one of those things that slipped through the cracks,” he said.
The investigation into the DHS report and the Garden Grove case remained in their early stages, Bertagna said. The only case in which a charge has been filed is the Christmas Eve assault.
“(The other two) cases are ongoing and being looked into, as well as the six additional pieces of evidence (from Capacete’s home),” Bertagna said.
All of the three possible victims identified so far were prostitutes, immigrants and in their 20s, officials said.
Police sought the public’s help Thursday in connecting Capacete to any additional crimes.
Though Capacete lived in Baldwin Park, investigators had not linked him to any assaults in the San Gabriel Valley, police said.
The brutality and sophistication displayed in the alleged Dec. 24 assault indicates an experienced attacker,” Bertagna said. “With this level of violence, our concern is, how long has he been doing this?”
Capacete appeared in court for arraignment Jan. 24, however it was continued and he did not enter a plea, Orange County District Attorney’s officials said. He was scheduled to return to the Central Jail Court Feb. 9.
PHOTO of Jose Capacete courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department
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Officials investigate report of rape in La Puente

LA PUENTE — Detectives in La Puente are investigating the second reported sexual assault this month, though the attacks are not related, authorities said Wednesday.
The most recent crime took place between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday, though it was not reported until Tuesday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Victor Sotelo said.
A 20-year-old woman was raped by an acquaintance at a home in the 200 block of Common Avenue, investigators said. The suspect was described only as a man in his early 30s, and no further details were released.
In an unrelated case, sheriff’s officials Friday released a suspect sketch and asked the public’s help in finding a man who raped a 14-year-old girl about 8 p.m. Jan. 2 near the dumpsters of an apartment complex in the 17000 block of Main Street.
The man was known to residence of the apartment complex only as “Michael,” officials said.
He was described as a Latino or Guatemalan man between 18 and 22 years old. He stood about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 150-160 pounds, and wore his black hair in a distinctive “faux hawk” style.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Industry Station.
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West Covina serial rapist who had tongue bitten off by victim convicted

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MURRIETA — A West Covina man faces multiple life terms in prison after being convicted this week of four rapes, including one in which his victim fought back by biting off a portion of his tongue.
A Riverside County jury found Ronald Douglas McGowan Jr., 34, guilty of twelve felony charges connected with the sexual assaults of four women Tuesday, Riverside County District Attorney’s spokesman John Hall said. Jurors Wednesday determined that McGowan will be sentenced as a third-strike offender when he returns to court Oct. 7.
McGowan was already a convicted sex offender for sex crime convictions in Sonoma County in 1995 when he attacked a Murrieta woman inside her apartment on June 5, 2009, investigators said.
The woman called 9-1-1 to report being raped and beaten, Hall said in a written statement.
“When officers arrived a short time later, the rapist was gone but he left behind a portion of his tongue — about the size of a 50-cent piece — which the victim had bitten of and spit out during the attack,” he said.
McGowan than badly beat and choked the woman, and stole her cell phone, officials said.
As the woman was being interviewed by Murrieta police at a hospital, “police were notified that a man was at the same hospital saying he cut his tongue on a can,” Hall said. Doctors were unable to re-attach the severed portion of tongue.
The Murrieta victim told investigators she was working as a prostitute at the time of the attack, and that she met McGowan through a website on which she advertised “erotic services” before she was beaten, raped and robbed, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
When reports of McGowan’s arrest found there way into the media, three additional women came forward to report being raped by the West Covina man, Hall said.
One of the victims was McGowan’s ex-wife, who reported he had beaten and raped her numerous times between June of 2007 and January of 2009, according to officials and court documents.
A third woman, a former co-worker of McGowan’s, also came forward to report he had raped her in January of 2009, according to officials and records.
Another woman, also an admitted prostitute who met McGowan online, also came forward to report being pinned down, choked, raped and robbed by McGowan in April of 2009.
McGowan was ultimately convicted of three counts of rape, four counts of rape of a spouse, two counts of assault with force likely to create great bodily injury, robbery, sodomy by force or fear, and use of force causing serious bodily injury.

PHOTO of Ronald McGowan courtesy of the Murrieta Police Department

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Man sentenced for Pasadena rape

From City News Service:

PASADENA — A Saugus man pleaded no contest Wednesday to raping a prostitute in an underground parking structure in Pasadena in December 2008.
Pasadena Superior Court Judge Dorothy Shubin immediately sentenced Jason Keith Renaux to eight years in prison following his plea to one count of forcible rape.
Renaux, 31, also was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, said Deputy District Attorney Carolina Lugo.
Renaux took the woman into the underground parking structure on Foothill Boulevard, where he raped her on Dec. 27, 2008, according to the prosecutor.
He was also charged in connection with an alleged attack on Nov. 28, 2008, on another prostitute, but that case was dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.
Renaux was arrested on Dec. 30, 2008, and has remained jailed since then without bail.
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