Man charged in rape cases

Two O.C. teens were at­tacked, pros­e­cu­tors say, and other pos­si­ble vic­tims are sought.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Alene Tchekm­e­dyian alene.t chekm­e­dyian @la­times.com

A 41-year-old man nick­named “Tiburon,” or “shark” in Span­ish, is ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing two teenagers in Orange County last year, and pros­e­cu­tors are search­ing for other pos­si­ble vic­tims.

Ale­jan­dro Her­nan­dez Gar­cia of San Juan Capis­trano was charged with seven felony counts, in­clud­ing forcible rape and rape by use of drug, ac­cord­ing to the Orange County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

In July 2016, pros­e­cu­tors said, Gar­cia ap­proached a 16-year-old girl in a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood in San Juan Capis­trano, pulled her into a garage, locked the door and sex­u­ally as­saulted her.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the girl knew him as “Tiburon,” but de­tails about how she knew him are not clear.

About a month later, pros­e­cu­tors said, he ap­proached a 19-year-old woman who was lost in Santa Ana and gave her an al­co­holic drink, which con­tained an il­le­gal drug. Pros­e­cu­tors said Gar­cia sex­u­ally as­saulted the woman in the back seat of his car.

Po­lice caught Gar­cia af­ter he re­turned to the first vic­tim’s San Juan Capis­trano neigh­bor­hood in July.

When she saw him, she told some neigh­bors, who “went af­ter him” and gave him a black eye, said Michelle Van Der Lin­den, a spokes­woman for the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

None of the neigh­bors was ar­rested, she said.

DNA ev­i­dence linked Gar­cia to the sec­ond case, Van Der Lin­den said, adding that the two vic­tims do not know each other.

Pros­e­cu­tors are ask­ing other pos­si­ble vic­tims to come for­ward.

“We’re hop­ing that the name ‘the shark’ will stand out to peo­ple,” Van Der Lin­den said.

Gar­cia, who was ar­rested last week, is be­ing held on $1-mil­lion bail and is due in court next week. If con­victed, he faces 98 years to life in state prison.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Eric Wise­man, a su­per­vis­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice, at (714) 347-8794.

Orange County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice

ALE­JAN­DRO HER­NAN­DEZ GAR­CIA, 41, faces seven felony charges, in­clud­ing rape by use of drug.

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