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October 31, 2013

Man Charged with Rape in El Monte Convenience Store Attack

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:56 am

An 18-year-old man accused of raping a clerk at an El Monte convenience store is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on multiple felony charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Joseph Leo Amaya (dob 1/1/95) is charged in case KA103513 with two counts of forcible rape and three counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object. Amaya is due to appear in Department R of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.

The complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant kidnapped the victim to commit the offenses charged. The case was filed for warrant Oct. 23.

The 19-year-old victim was working the night shift at a mini mart when Amaya allegedly approached the girl. The defendant left the premise but allegedly returned while the victim was getting ready to close the store.

As the defendant exited the store once again, the victim attempted to lock the doors but Amaya allegedly forced his way back in. Once inside the store, the defendant purportedly barricaded the store entrance doors, dragged the victim to the back of the store and repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl, prosecutors said.

The case remains under investigation by the El Monte Police Department. Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Valenzuela is assigned to prosecute the case.

Prosecutors have recommended that Amaya’s bail be set at $5 million. If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 125 years to life in state prison.

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office / case KA103513 / Oct. 28, 2013

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