An illegal alien is being held without bail in connection with the December 8, 2007 weekend rape of a 24-year-old woman near a freeway off-ramp in San Juan Capistrano, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Alejandro Martinez Leyva, 25, was arrested late the following Tuesday night at the San Juan Capistrano home he shares with others near the location of the assault, according to the department's Jim Amormino.
The victim identified the man as her alleged attacker, Amormino said.
Leyva, a gardener, was being held at the Orange County Jail, Amormino said, and an immigration hold was placed on him.
In the weekend attack, detectives had a good description of the suspect's vehicle and, using physical and forensic evidence from the scene, were able to come up with a suspect, Amormino said.
He did not know if the suspect was included in law enforcement databases.
Detectives "located the car and staked out the home before obtaining a search warrant," Amormino said.
They obtained additional evidence at the home, he said.
The woman was driving southbound when her car spun out of control. She was on a cell phone when the suspect pulled in front of her disabled car and offered help, but the victim said she did not need assistance, Amormino said.
He grabbed the phone and threw it, then forced her into the front seat of the car and raped her, Amormino said. After the suspect fled, the woman found her cell phone nearby and called 911
About 36 hours after he was taken into custody, the Orange County Sheriff Department's crime lab matched a DNA sample taken from the crime scene and a sample taken from Alejandro Martinez Leyva, a 25-year-old resident of San Juan Capistrano, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Sheriff's Department.
Leyva was in custody with an immigration hold, Amormino said.
Man Arrested In Connection With Freeway Rape
12DEC07, Orange County register
¬†Authorities: DNA links man to freeway rape