Sexual Attack Suspect Arrested; Additional Victims Sought

November 3, 2004

What: News Conference

When: Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Rampart Detective Division, 303 South Union Avenue, Los Angeles

Who: Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes, Captain Charlie Beck, Commanding Officer, Rampart Division, Rampart Area Sex Crime Unit Detectives

Los Angeles: On Thursday, October 28, 2004, Rampart Area Sex Crimes Unit Detectives held a news conference asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who was wanted in connection with the violent sexual assault, which occurred on Saturday October 23, 2003.

On Sunday, October 31, 2004, Rampart Detectives received an anonymous tip and arrested 21 year-old Julio Ceasar Rauda in connection with the sexual assault. Rauda was positively identified by the victim.

The Los Angeles Police Department would like to thank the public who came forward with numerous tips, which ultimately led to the suspect’s identification and arrest. The suspect is currently in custody and 49 counts of aggravated sexual assault charges have been filed against him by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Detectives believe there may be other victims of Rauda. Therefore, his booking photograph will be released in hopes that those victims will recognize Rauda and come forward. As always, the identity of sexual assault victims is always kept confidential.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Rampart Detective, at 213-207-2151. On weekends or during off-hours, call the 24 hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855). This news advisory was prepared by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.