Victim: Jane Doe

Previously deported illegal alien rapes 12 year old girl

Perpetrator: Diego Francisco Escobar-Landaverde

Crime Description:

As reported by WKRN, Nashville:

"18-Year-Old Illegal Immigrant Jailed On Rape Charges"

An 18-year-old illegal immigrant is behind bars for the rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Diego Francisco Escobar-Landaverde was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after the victim’s mother called police.

LaVergne Police said the12-year-old girl was raped at a mobile home where the suspect’s uncle was moving in.

Investigators think the suspect planned the rape.

They said he had a key to the residence and knew no one would be home.

Police said they were able to arrest Escobar-Landaverde less than an hour after the victim's mother called police.

Escobar-Landaverde had beendeported in 2006 and police said he should have never been in the country to commit the crime.

Somehow he got back to LaVergne.

LaVergne Police Chief Ted Boyd said, “We're questioning…”

Police believe Escobar-Landaverde and the girl may have been acquainted, but believe he somehow enticed the child to get into his car.

They believe the girl had no idea what she was getting herself into.

“I think the opportunity was there and he took advantage of that opportunity,” said Chief Boyd.

If it hadn't been for the good work of the police officers who responded to the call, detectives believe Escobar-Landaverde would have quickly skipped town, leaving them with little hope of solving the case.

The 12-year-old girl is recovering, said police.

An immigration and customs enforcement agent said they have put a hold on Escobar-Landaverde..

He will be charged with child rape in Rutherford County first.


15JAN08, WKRN, Nashville

18-Year-Old Illegal Immigrant Jailed On Rape Charges