Santa Ana Police Department
On 12/27/2016, at about 10:46 pm, an adult female was parking her vehicle near the 1600 Block of South Pacific Avenue in Santa Ana, when she was approached by a suspect. The suspect opened the driver’s side vehicle door, entered the vehicle and pulled down his pants, exposing himself to the victim.
The suspect forced himself on top of the victim and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim screamed and kicked violently, forcing the suspect off her and out of the vehicle. The suspect fled on foot west on Occidental Street.
Santa Ana Police Crime Scene Investigators processed the scene and victim vehicle for DNA evidence and photographs. The DNA was submitted to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab for analysis. In February 2017, Santa Ana Detectives were notified DNA located on the victim’s vehicle matched Fabian Villa, 28, of Santa Ana.
Detectives located two additional victims of indecent exposure, who came forward after the press release regarding the 12/27/16 sexual assault. In each of those two cases, the suspect was driving a stolen white Toyota Camry, which was later recovered in San Diego with Villa’s identification left behind.
Santa Ana Detectives collaborated with Orange County District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Marshals, who learned that Villa fled to Mexico. U.S. Marshals worked with Mexican officials to locate Villa.
On 4/13/2017, Villa was located and returned to the United States to face charges with the help of the U.S. Marshal’s. Villa is being held at the Orange County Jail with a one-million dollar bail for the following charges:
• 220 (a) (1) PC – Assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense.
• 245 (A) (1) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon
• 10851 (A) VC – Auto Theft
• 496 (A) PC – Receiving Stolen Property
• 314 (1) PC – Indecent Exposure
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Detective s Request Media And Publics Assistance Identifying Sexual Assault Suspect
On 12/27/2016, at about 10:46 pm, an adult female was parking her vehicle in the 1600 Block of South Pacific Avenue in Santa Ana, when she was approached by a suspect. The suspect opened the driver’s side vehicle door at which time he entered the vehicle and pulled down his pants, exposing himself to her.
The suspect pushed himself on top of the victim and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim screamed and kicked violently, forcing the suspect off of her and out of the vehicle. The suspect fled on foot west on Occidental Street. The victim and a witness provided the above descriptions to a sketch artist.
The suspect is described as a male, Hispanic, 24 to 30 years old. 5’05” to 5’ 07” tall, with a medium build, a medium to dark complexion and multiple pock marks or acne scars on his face. The suspect was wearing a dark baseball cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt , dark pants and dark shoes with a white soles.
The Santa Ana Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying this violent suspect, who seems familiar with Southwest Santa Ana. If you have additional information about this suspect, please contact Detective Gabe Gutierrez at (714) 245-8516 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.