MAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR 1995 RAPE AND KIDNAPPING AFTER STATE’S 100TH DNA HIT TIED HIM TO THE CRIME

 

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2006
Contact:

Susan Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
(714) 347-8408 Office
(714) 323-4486 Cell

MAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR 1995 RAPE AND KIDNAPPING AFTER STATE’S 100TH DNA HIT
 TIED HIM TO THE CRIME

SANTA ANA – A Santa Ana man, who was linked through DNA to the rape of a Fountain Valley woman in 1995, is scheduled to begin trial Monday.  This case marked the 100th time that the state tied a suspect’s DNA to an unsolved crime.   Robert Castillo, 34, is charged with rape, sodomy, and kidnapping.  He is scheduled to begin trial Monday, July 31, at 8:30 a.m. in C39, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.  If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

On February 23, 1995, Castillo is accused of raping a 28-year-old woman in Fountain Valley.  The victim had run an errand to a 7-11 store and was returning home.  Castillo is accused of grabbing the victim from behind as she was walking home, forcing her at knifepoint into a secluded area, and brutally raping her.  

The crime remained unsolved for seven years.  In 2002 the evidence collected by the Fountain Valley Police Department was submitted to a statewide database by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and a positive DNA hit was made on Castillo.  He was arrested in Costa Mesa on a parole violation.  The DNA match was the 100th time in California that a suspect was tied to a crime through the use of DNA analysis.

Deputy District Attorney Kal Kaliban of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case. 

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