SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, of forcibly raping two women with whom he was acquainted. Babak Azadgilani, 28, Laguna Niguel, was found guilty by a jury of two felony counts of forcible rape, and forcible oral copulation, with sentencing enhancements and allegations for sexual crimes against more than one victim and the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a sexual assault. Azadgilani faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison at his sentencing on March 25, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Between July and September 2009, Azadgilani was accused of sexually assaulting Jane Doe 2, with whom he was acquainted. The victim did not immediately report the incident.
On several occasions in April 2013, Azadgilani ran into Jane Doe 1 in Laguna Beach. The defendant knew the victim, but they had not seen each other for several years.
On April 21, 2013, the defendant met the victim at the beach and when Jane Doe 1 left to walk home, Azadgilani followed Jane Doe 1 to her front door, despite the victim repeatedly telling him that he was not allowed to enter her home.
The defendant eventually convinced Jane Doe 1 to allow him inside her home. Once inside, Azadgilani sexually assaulted the victim, including forcibly raping her. After the defendant left, Jane Doe 1 called 911 and reported that she had been sexually assaulted.
On May 11, 2013, Azadgilani convinced Jane Doe 2 to come to his home. While the victim was in Azadgilani's home, she confronted him about the sexual assault from 2009. The defendant became angry, pulled a knife on the victim, and forcibly raped her. The victim did not immediately report the rape.
On May 17, 2013, the Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD), who investigated this case, put out a press release regarding the rape of Jane Doe 1 and seeking additional victims. LBPD also asked for the public's help locating the defendant. Azadgilani turned himself in to police that day. Following the press release by LBPD, Jane Doe 2 came forward to report the assaults against her.
Deputy District Attorney Lexie Elliot of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 13HF1705 / February 16, 2016