|For Immediate Release
Case # 10CF1242
November 7, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN FACES TRIAL FOR TOUCHING SLEEPING FEMALES IN FIVE HOME BURGLARIES, INCLUDING SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AN 11 AND 13 YEAR OLD GIRL
SANTA ANA – A man faces trial tomorrow for breaking into five Orange County homes and touching female victims who were sleeping inside, including sexually assaulting an 11 and 13 year old girl. Roberto Jacobo Reyes, 49, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of forcible lewd act on a child under 14, two felony counts of lewd act upon child under 14, and three felony counts of first degree residential burglary with sentencing enhancement allegations for committing lewd acts in the commission of residential burglaries, committing lewd acts on multiple victims, and for having a non-accomplice present during a residential burglary. The defendant also faces an enhancement for a 2003 prior strike for residential burglary. If convicted, Reyes faces a maximum sentence of 194 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 9:15 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010, Reyes is accused of entering the bedroom of 11-year-old Jane Doe #1 through a bedroom window while she slept. Jane Doe #1 awoke and Reyes is accused of holding down the victim and covering her mouth so she was unable to scream. He is accused of fondling the victim’s vagina and breasts over her clothes. Jane Doe #1 was able to escape by kicking and pushing the defendant, who is accused of fleeing the home back out through the open window. Jane Doe #1 immediately told a relative, who called 911. The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) collected DNA evidence at the scene.
At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2010, Reyes is accused of breaking into 13-year-old Jane Doe #2’s Santa Ana residence. Reyes is accused of rubbing Jane Doe #2 down the side of her body while she was sleeping. He is accused of waking Jane Doe #2, who immediately screamed. Reyes is accused of fleeing the scene through the back door. The victim’s mother called 911.
At approximately 3:50 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2009, Reyes is accused of entering the bedroom of 19-year-old Jane Doe #3 in Santa Ana through a bedroom window. The defendant is accused of waking the sleeping victim by rubbing her thighs and arms. The terrified Jane Doe #3 kicked at the defendant, who is accused of fleeing the scene back out the bedroom window. Jane Doe #3 called police.
At approximately 5:00 a.m. on July 12, 2009, Reyes is accused of breaking into 22-year-old Jane Doe #4’s Santa Ana residence while she was sleeping with her boyfriend. The defendant is accused of reaching through the window and touching the foot of the victim, waking her. The victim screamed and the defendant is accused of fleeing the scene. Jane Doe #4 called 911.
At approximately 2:35 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2009, Reyes is accused of breaking into the home of 7-year-old Jane Doe #5 through a rear window and entering the bedroom that the victim shared with two younger siblings. Reyes is accused of waking the victim by tickling her and tugging on her blanket. Jane Doe #5 began to scream and kick the defendant, who is accused of fleeing from the home back through the open window. Fingerprints were collected from the crime scene.
On May 7, 2010, the DNA collected at the crime scene involving Jane Doe #1 was linked to Reyes’ DNA. The defendant had previously submitted a DNA sample.