FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 14WF0218

Date: March 23, 2018

MAN CONVICTED OF ATTACKING FIVE WOMEN IN VIOLENT 5-HOUR CRIME SPREE THAT INCLUDED KIDNAPPING AND ATTEMPTED MURDER

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted yesterday of attacking five women, including stabbing, kidnapping, and attempting to murder victims, during a 5-hour crime spree in Anaheim and Garden Grove.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Ulises Omar De La Torre, 36, Buena Park

 

 

 

 

Found guilty by a jury on March 22, 2018, of following felony counts:

  • Attempted murder
  • Kidnapping to commit a sex offense
  • (2) Torture
  • (2) Assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense
  • Assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense in the commission of first degree burglary
  • First degree burglary
  • Assault

 

Sentencing Enhancements:

  • Great bodily injury
  • Great bodily injury to a sexual assault victim
  • Use of a deadly weapon during sex offense
  • Prior strike conviction for attempted murder and street terrorism

237 years to life in state prison

Sentencing

 

May 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

 

Department C-36, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

 

 

 

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Jan. 16, 2014, De La Torre attacked five women within a short distance of one another in Anaheim and Garden Grove between approximately 5:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • At approximately 5:15 p.m., the defendant passed Jane Doe 1 as she was walking home from work in Garden Grove and attempting to engage her in conversation.
  • De La Torre repeatedly beat the victim in the back of the head with his fist and attempted to pull down the victim’s pants. He then fled the scene.
  • Prior to Jane Doe 2’s arrival home at 7:15 p.m., the defendant entered the victim’s residence.
  • De La Torre grabbed Jane Doe 2 as she entered her house and stabbed the victim in the arm and back as she struggled.
  • Jane Doe 2’s boyfriend walked inside the home and De La Torre fled the scene.
  • At 7:50 p.m., Jane Doe 3 and Jane Doe 4 were in the hallway of their Anaheim hotel attempting to enter their room. De La Torre attempted to force his way into the room when the victims opened the door.
  • The defendant stabbed the victims in the head, face, and arms, then fleeing the scene.
  • At approximately 9:00 p.m., De La Torre passed Jane Doe 5 while she was jogging in Garden Grove. The victim noticed a person following her and turned around.
  • The defendant punched her in the face, knocked her down, and repeatedly assaulted her while pulling at her clothes. De La Torre then fled the scene.
  • De La Torre was arrested on Jan. 18, 2014 after the Anaheim Police Department and Garden Grove Police Department investigated this case and identified the defendant.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Bobby Taghavi, Sexual Assault Unit

 



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