|For Immediate Release
Case # 12CF1076
April 15, 2014
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN TO FACE TRIAL FOR THE FORCIBLE RAPE OF TWO WOMEN HE MET ONLINE UNDER PRETENSE OF PERFORMING SPIRITUAL CLEANSING
*Second victim came forward after seeing media coverage on the original case
SANTA ANA – A man will face a jury trial tomorrow for forcibly raping two women after luring them under the pretense of performing a spiritual cleansing. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 39, San Clemente, was charged in April 2012 for Jane Doe #1 with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and sexual penetration by foreign object by force. In May 2012, he was charged for Jane Doe #2 with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and attempted forcible oral copulation. He faces a sentencing enhancement for sex crimes against multiple victims. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-43, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Jane Doe #1
Ramirez is accused of meeting 33-year-old Jane Doe #1 through an online dating website. On April 3, 2012, he is accused of meeting Jane Doe #1 at a McDonald’s in Santa Ana. Ramirez is accused of telling Jane Doe #1 that he could help her to bring her children to California from Mexico by performing a spiritual cleansing on her to get rid of her negative vibes. Jane Doe #1 agreed to participate.
The defendant is accused of driving Jane Doe #1 from the McDonald’s to a motel in Santa Ana. Once inside a motel room, he is accused of instructing Jane Doe #1 to undress in order for him to perform the cleansing. Jane Doe #1 removed her clothing but left on her bra and underwear. Ramirez is accused of rubbing raw eggs on the victim’s body and fondling Jane Doe #1.
When the victim attempted to cover herself with the comforter from the bed, Ramirez is accused of jumping on top of the victim and restraining her. Jane Doe #1 struggled to get away and the defendant is accused of digitally penetrating the victim and then strangling her. He is accused of threatening Jane Doe #1 that she had to stop fighting and then forcibly orally copulating and raping the victim.
After the sexual assault, Ramirez is accused of driving Jane Doe #1 back to her car. The victim drove away from the parking lot and called 911 from her car. The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded and investigated this case.
On April 10, 2012, Ramirez is accused of driving to a Santa Ana parking lot with the intention of meeting Jane Doe #1 again and was arrested by SAPD at that time. Based on the media coverage of this case, law enforcement learned of a second victim.