SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two men, who were extradited from Arizona and Illinois, are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for the cold case kidnapping and rape of an 11-year-old girl in 1999. Ismael F. Salgado, 36, Chicago, Ill., and Jose Andres Plascencia, 36, Laveen, Ariz., are each charged with one felony count of kidnapping to commit rape and five felony counts of forcible rape with sentencing enhancement allegations for kidnapping. The defendants each face a maximum sentence of 132 years to life in state prison. They are each being held on $1 million bail and are scheduled for a continued arraignment tomorrow, Nov. 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, 1999, Plascencia and Salgado are accused of driving up to two preteen girls near Jerome Park in Santa Ana and luring them into their vehicle. The defendants are accused of driving away from the park with the girls. The defendants are accused of maintaining control of 11-year-old Jane Doe after the other girl exited the vehicle.
Plascencia and Salgado are accused of driving Jane Doe to various locations including a gas station and two empty parking lots. They are accused of raping the victim multiple times in each parking lot. The defendants later released the victim, who reported the assault to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD). SAPD investigated this case but were not able to locate the suspects despite diligent efforts.
In early 2016, SAPD reopened the case and submitted DNA evidence from Jane Doe's assailants to the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) for testing. One of the DNA profiles found on the victim's body matched defendant Salgado.
In February 2016, the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) Sexual Assault Unit began working with SAPD on this case. On Sept. 15, 2016, the defendant was charged with multiple felony kidnapping and forcible rape counts.
On Oct. 5, 2016, Salgado was arrested on a warrant by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force in Chicago and subsequently extradited from Illinois to Orange County.
During the course of their investigation, SAPD identified Plascencia as the potential additional suspect. DNA evidence collected by investigators linked him to the crime, and Plascencia was charged on Nov. 2, 2016, with the counts listed above and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Nov. 6, 2016, Plascencia was arrested at a border crossing in Nogales, Ariz., and SAPD detectives extradited the defendant from Arizona to Orange County on Nov. 15, 2016.
Jane Doe was able to identify both defendants in photo lineups 17 years after the crime.
The OCDA Sexual Assault Unit handles cold hit DNA cases from the investigative stage once the notification has been received from the California Department of Justice. The OCDA works closely with police agencies and OCCL to review cases that are often aged, locate victims and witnesses, and determine whether the cold hit solved the case. The Sexual Assault Unit has worked hundreds of these cases and successfully prosecuted or eliminated suspects.
The OCDA Special Prosecutions Unit and SAPD pursued the defendants' extradition so they could be transported to Orange County to face their charges.
The Special Prosecutions Unit is dedicated to the apprehension and extradition of our most serious, violent, and dangerous fugitives from anywhere in the world. The majority of extradition cases involve homicide, sexual assault, gangs, major fraud, and child abduction. OCDA partners with local law enforcement, as well as Interpol, the FBI, US Marshals, State Department, Department of Justice, and Homeland Security, in a continuous effort to prosecute fugitives, protect the public, and seek justice for victims. We would like to thank our law enforcement partners in Illinois and Arizona for their assistance in this case.
Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16CF2404 / November 17, 2016
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