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Arrest made in 2009 rape case

By February 25, 2011

Davis police announced today an arrest in a two-year-old rape case.

Leonardo Garcia Avalos, 28, of Sacramento, was taken into custody Thursday for the alleged rape of a 21-year-old Davis woman on Feb. 5, 2009. He was lodged at the Yolo County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail but was no longer in custody as of late Friday morning, a jail spokeswoman said.

He faces charges of forcible rape, forced oral copulation, sodomy and kidnapping, according to Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov.

Doroshov said Avalos met the alleged victim at a downtown Davis bar, where she had gone with some friends. They shared a few drinks, after which Avalos drove the woman to her apartment.

There, the woman refused to have sex with Avalos, who then offered to drive her back to the bar to rejoin her friends. The woman agreed and got into Avalos’ vehicle, Doroshov said.

“Instead of driving the victim to her friends’ location, the suspect drove the victim to the outskirts of Davis against her wishes,” Doroshov said in a news release. “The suspect raped and sexually assaulted the victim, then drove her back to her residence on Olive Drive.”

The woman filed a rape report the following day but had only descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle. It took two years before investigators could make an arrest because “we had to process some evidence to find out who he is,” said Doroshov, who declined to elaborate about the nature of that evidence.

Avalos is expected to be arraigned in Yolo Superior Court sometime next month.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

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