OCDA SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO WOMEN IN IRVINE

Case # 16HF1052

Date: August 4, 2016

OCDA SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO WOMEN IN IRVINE PARKING STRUCTURES

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a man charged with sexually assaulting two women in Irvine parking structures. Gregory Thomas Ditto, 25, Temecula, is charged with one felony count of attempted kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, two felony counts of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, one felony count of attempted sexual penetration by a foreign object and force, and one felony count of sexual battery by restraint. If convicted, Ditto faces a maximum sentence of 23 years in state prison. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today, Aug. 4, 2016, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

On July 20, 2016, Ditto is accused of approaching Jane Doe 1 from behind, picking her up, and carrying her toward a stairwell in an Irvine Spectrum parking structure. The victim fought off her attacker. Ditto is accused of fleeing the scene. IPD identified Ditto as a possible suspect based on surveillance footage of the parking structure.

On Aug. 2, 2016, the defendant is accused of approaching Jane Doe 2 in a separate parking structure at the Irvine Spectrum and forcing the victim to the ground. Ditto is accused of restraining Jane Doe 2 while attempting to sexually assault the victim. The victim was able to break free. Ditto is then accused of fleeing the scene. Jane Doe 2 noted and provided Ditto’s license plate number to IPD detectives.

Several hours after the second assault, Ditto was arrested by IPD detectives in Lake Elsinore.

The investigation in this case is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they may have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Mark Gutierrez at 714-347-8794.

Deputy District Attorney Heidi Garrel of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.