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Orange County rape suspect arrested in San Diego in early Sept

Robert Daniel Yucas was in custody Monday in reference to a trio of assaults on ladies in Aliso Viejo and was arrested in an unspecified case in San Diego Sept. 4.

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A 51-year-old Cathedral City resident was in custody Monday in reference to a trio of assaults on ladies in Aliso Viejo courting again to January 2020.

Robert Daniel Yucas, an Army veteran and cargo pilot, is suspected of sexually assaulting a girl final month close to Pacific Park Drive and Alicia Parkway, and two different ladies in January and April of final year in roughly the identical space.

Investigators checked DNA recovered from the victims in Orange County, however obtained no matches in regulation enforcement databases, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.

A break in the case got here when investigators obtained an nameless tip via Orange County Crime Stoppers about an individual — Yucas — who was arrested in an unspecified case in San Diego on Sept. 4, Barnes stated. A DNA pattern was taken from Yucas and it matched the DNA proof in the Orange County assaults, Barnes stated.

Yucas, who was a pilot in the navy, works for Kalitta Air and was getting back from a visit overseas when he was arrested Thursday on the airport in Anchorage, Alaska, Barnes stated.

“This is a very significant case that had unfolded rapidly over the last several days,” Barnes instructed reporters at a information convention.

Yucas had the identical methodology of operation in every assault — grabbing a girl on the mountaineering path and choking the sufferer into unconsciousness earlier than sexually assaulting them, Barnes alleged.

Yucas lived in Aliso Viejo from 2017 via 2019, Barnes stated. The sheriff and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer stated they suspect there are extra victims and requested anybody with info to name a tip line at 714-647-7419. Anonymous suggestions are additionally nonetheless welcome via Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.

“Sexual predators do not stop on their own,” Spitzer stated. “They only stop because law enforcement … stops them.”

Sheriff’s officers launched media campaigns to assist catch a suspect final year, and final month they launched composite sketches, however the suspect was nonetheless “brazen” sufficient to return to the realm to commit extra assaults, Spitzer stated.

Yucas is in custody in Anchorage, awaiting an extradition listening to, authorities stated.

Yucas has already been charged with three counts of kidnapping to commit a intercourse offense, one depend of forcible rape, one depend of tried forcible rape and three counts of assault with the intent to commit a intercourse offense, all felonies.

Yucas may resist 45 years to life in jail if convicted of all crimes at trial, however due to a brand new state regulation granting parole sooner for defendants older than 50, Yucas may qualify for a parole listening to in 19 years post-conviction, Spitzer stated.

Spitzer vowed that his office would proceed sending prosecutors to all parole hearings.

In the newest assault Aug. 28, a 41-year-old lady instructed detectives she was strolling about 11 p.m. in the realm in Woodfield Park — which contains a greenbelt to the north, a shopping mall on the southwest nook and a condominium complicated on the southeast — when a person grabbed her from behind and dragged her into some bushes, the place she says she lost consciousness. When she awoke, her pants had been pulled down and her assailant had disappeared, based on prosecutors.

On Jan. 20, 2020, a 24-year-old lady was skateboarding at Woodfield Park in Aliso Viejo when an assailant allegedly requested her for instructions, and as she pulled out her telephone, he grabbed her in a chokehold and dragged her into the bushes subsequent to the strolling path, the place she was choked into unconsciousness and raped, prosecutors alleged.

On April 2, 2020, a 41-year-old lady was jogging in Woodfield Park when a person grabbed her from behind and dragged her into the bushes in a chokehold, however she fought him off, prosecutors stated.

“These attacks are the things nightmares are made of,” Spitzer stated. “They were just indiscriminately snatched from the trail.”

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