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Charges filed in attack on 5 women in Anaheim, Garden Grove

Charges have been filed against a man accused of assaulting five women during a five-hour crime spree in Orange County.
January 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Charges have been filed against a man accused of assaulting five women during a five-hour crime spree in Anaheim and Garden Grove.

Ulises Omar De La Torre, a 32-year-old Buena Park resident, has been charged with one felony count of kidnapping to commit rape, two felony counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense and three felony counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense in the commission of first-degree burglary.

Authorities say the attacks happened between 5:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. last Thursday. The first victim was on her way home from work in the 11300 block of Euclid Street in Garden Grove when the suspect tried to strike up a conversation with her. As she was passing him, the suspect punched her in the head, beat her and tried to pull down her pants before fleeing the scene, according to prosecutors.

Around 7:30 p.m., the second victim, Jane Doe #2, found the suspect inside her home in the 11300 block of Euclid Street in Garden Grove. He grabbed the victim as she arrived and pulled her into the house. During a struggle, the victim was stabbed in the arm and back. When the victim's boyfriend walked in, prosecutors say the suspect fled the scene.

The next two victims were in the hallway of the Alamo Hotel in Anaheim about to enter their room when the suspect attacked them. He beat and stabbed them as they tried to get away. The suspect again fled the scene.

Jane Doe #5 was jogging in Garden Grove when she noticed the shadow of a person following her. Prosecutors say when she turned around, the suspect punched her in the face, knocking her down. He then punched her repeatedly and pulled at her clothes as she screamed.

De La Torre was arrested in the 6100 block of Robin Way in Buena Park Saturday night after being identified through surveillance video. He faces sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury, great bodily injury to a sexual assault victim, use of a deadly weapon during a sexual offense and two prior strike convictions from 2004 for attempted murder and street terrorism.

He is being held without bail and is expected to appear in court in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 244 years to life in state prison.


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