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VCSD: Public’s help still sought in
SP area orchard sexual assault cases

May 09, 2014
Santa Paula News

It’s been more than a year in one case and almost a year in a second sexual assault, still unsolved crimes that occurred just west of Santa Paula that seem to have been committed by separate men.

Ventura County Sheriff’s officials are still investigating the two sexual assaults and are again asking the public for their help in finding the suspects.

The first incident was reported on Feb. 26, 2013. A woman told investigators she was driving on West Santa Paula Street just west of Peck Road when a man accosted her.

The suspect forced the victim into the orchard and sexually assaulted her.

The woman was trying to fight off her assailant when a rancher driving in the area scared the suspect off. He fled on foot.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, between 35 and 45 years old, between 5’8” and 6’0” tall with a large belly. He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and faded blue jeans. He was further described as having a round face with “chubby cheeks” and discolored teeth.

The second incident occurred May 20 when a woman was jogging in the same general area of the February attack at about 9 a.m. 

A man confronted the jogger, displayed a knife and forced the woman into the nearby orchard where he sexually assaulted her. Following the attack the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect from the May incident was described as a white male, between 20 and 30 years old, about 5’7” tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt, and dark sunglasses. 

Residents in the area are still cautioned to be aware of any suspicious subjects and to report the presence of same to police, be a good witness and notice physical characteristics, clothing and a vehicle description. Women are urged not to jog or walk in the area alone.

VCSD Detective Christine Rettura said in an interview last year that although there was no weapon involved in the February assault and the descriptions of the two suspects are not alike, there are many similarities in the two incidents that law enforcement finds troubling.

Anyone having information about the assaults or the possible suspects is urged to contact Detective Christine Rettura (805-384-4741, christine.rettura@ventura.org) or Detective Matt Delahuerta (805-384-4740, matt.delahuerta@ventura.org). In emergency situations, always call 911.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Text BUSTED plus message to CRIMES (274637) 

Send Web Tips to www.venturacountycrimestoppers.com 

And mention keywords: Santa Paula Sexual Assaults





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