REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 17-YEAR-OLD ON SIDE OF ROAD AFTER INTENTIONALLY CAUSING FENDER-BENDER

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Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


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

For Immediate Release
Case # 09CF0923

 


 

April 15, 2009

Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 17-YEAR-OLD ON
SIDE OF ROAD AFTER INTENTIONALLY
CAUSING FENDER-BENDER

*Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential additional victims

 

SANTA ANA – A registered sex offender will be arraigned tomorrow on charges of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl on the side of the road after intentionally causing a minor car crash to force her to pull over. Rasaan Raymon Patton, 28, Perris, Riverside County, is charged with one felony count each of kidnapping to commit a sex offense, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, sexual battery by restraint, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for having a prior felony sex conviction for a 1999 rape by intoxication conviction in Riverside County. If convicted on all counts, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison. Patton is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The Department is to be determined.

 

At approximately 2:40 a.m. on June 21, 2008, 17-year-old Jane Doe was driving home alone in her parents’ mini-van eastbound on Yorktown Avenue. Patton, who does not know Jane Doe, is accused of following the victim in another car and intentionally causing a minor car crash to get her to pull over. When Jane Doe got out of her car, Patton is accused of forcing her to the other side of the vehicle out of sight of passing traffic and sexually assaulting her. Jane Doe was able to escape and flee after the defendant got startled by passing cars.

 

Jane Doe drove home and then went to the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) at approximately 4:00 p.m. that afternoon.  A report was taken and HBPD investigated the case. Forensic evidence was collected from the scene including a partial handprint from the right rear door of the victim’s car. On April 9, 2009, the handprint from the car was matched to Patton’s fingerprints. The defendant was arrested by HBPD detectives on April 13, 2009, at his home in Riverside County.

 

Anyone with additional information or believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Huntington Beach Police Sergeant Aaron Smith at (714)536-5947 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin
at (714)347-8794.

 

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Nicholson of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.


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