A California man allegedly repeatedly raped a woman at gunpoint that he met on a dating app, authorities said.
On Oct. 26, the woman told deputies from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office that she met up with Guadalupe Gonzalez, 36, at an apartment near San Joaquin to go on a date, television station KSEE reported.
Gonzalez allegedly was armed and took her phone away and then forcibly raped her, the woman claimed.
After the first alleged assault, she told deputies, he forced her into his Chevy Tahoe and drove to a rural area and allegedly sexually assaulted her again. He then threw her phone into an orchard and drove away in the SUV, officials said.
The stranded woman managed to get in contact with a friend, and she went to an area hospital for treatment.
“What this was is a consensual encounter that turned into a horrendous, horrible rape,” Lt. Brandon Purcell said.
Gonzales is being held without bail at the Fresno County Jail on charges of forcible rape, oral copulation, and sodomy.
Investigators believe Gonzales is connected to two unsolved sexual assaults in the area that occurred in 2017 and 2019, according to KFSN-TV.
“He would meet them consensually,” Purcell said. “He would have conversations with them and then the real person that they were meeting with would start to surface. That predator would come out. That rapist would come out. He has shown signs of violence and he is escalating his violence.”
Purcell asks that other possible victims reach out to law enforcement. “We have people that are going to be understanding of your situation. We need help to make sure this man is put away and doesn't come back onto the streets to victimize any more women,” he said
Anyone who has information about Guadalupe Gonzalez should contact Detective Jose Leon at (559) 600-8205, Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, or www.valleycrimestoppers.org.
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