Arrested, second sought in Holtville attacks


June 18, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Police and county Sheriff's Office investigators were investigating a possible double rape here this morning.

While details were sketchy today, Holtville Police Chief Charles Simpson said there were two apparent rape incidents, one within the city limits and one outside the city. He said the cases were related.

He said two girls under age 18 walking in Holtville were "enticed" into a home to join in what Simpson called a party-type situation.

Simpson said two adult males reportedly befriended the girls. One of the males allegedly left the house with one of the girls and took her outside the city limits.


The second man reportedly remained at the house with the other girl, where she allegedly was raped.

Simpson declined to give the address of the home where the girl was reported to have been raped. He said he wanted to be cautious with details until more is learned.

Simpson said at some point the man who took the girl into the county either attempted to rape her or did rape her. Simpson said the girl was able to escape after the rape.

The girl went to a residence and called authorities, told them what had happened and told police to go to the house where the other girl remained, Simpson said. Officers went to the house and found both the girl and the man.

Both girls were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley for rape examinations.

Simpson said the man found at the house was arrested on suspicion of rape and was to be booked into the county jail this morning.

Simpson did not release the identity of the man, stating such details would be provided later. The man wanted for raping the girl in the county area was still at-large today.

Simpson said sheriff's investigators were in charge of the case that occurred in the county. Sheriff's investigators were unavailable for comment.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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