Charge sought against man for alleged rape in Holtville incident

June 20, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Police here were expected today to seek a rape charge against a man who authorities allege raped a girl after "enticing" her and another girl into his home Monday.

Meanwhile, more details in the series of events, which involved the alleged rape of one girl and the reported attempted rape of a second girl, started to become available this morning. Both girls are under age 18.

The alleged rape and attempted rape are being investigated separately.

The Holtville Police Department is handling the alleged rape that occurred in a home in the 700 block of Walnut Avenue

The county Sheriff's Office is handling the alleged attempted rape that occurred in a remote area of the county.

According to authorities, two girls, both under age 18, were walking in the 700 block of Walnut Avenue on Monday.

The two were "enticed" into the home of Alex Padilla Padilla, 21, the man booked into county jail in connection with the alleged rape, according to police. Padilla remained in custody this morning with bail set at $20,000.


Holtville Police Chief Charles Simpson said the girls were enticed into party-type situation and tests have been conducted to determine if there was any alcohol or drug use at the party.

At some point, one man in the house left with one of the girls and took her into an area in the county.

Sheriff's Investigator Jesse Lopez alleged that man, who he said is 25, attempted to rape the girl but she fended off his advances.

At some point, Lopez said, the man released the girl when she would not consent to have sex with him.

That girl ran to a house and called authorities. She told police to go to the house where she thought the other girl remained.

When police arrived they found the girl and Padilla, who was arrested at the scene.

Both girls were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Lopez said the man who took the girl into the county has not yet been arrested. However, he said authorities likely would seek a warrant for his arrest for attempted rape.

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

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