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One arrested, one sought in rape case

by Michael Schneider

A 17-year-old Placerville girl was reportedly sexually assaulted two times Saturday night in Gold Hill and Camino.

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico, Cruz Gudino Rodriguez, 26, and Vidal Gabriel Garcia, 20, are suspects in the alleged attack.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with rape Sunday afternoon based on victim and suspect statements to police. He is being held on an immigration hold as well as $35,000 bail.

Garcia is still at large. A warrant charging him with rape by force, false imprisonment and statutory rape has been issued for his arrest.

The suspects arrived at the victim’s Placerville residence on Saturday evening and offered to take the victim shopping in their vehicle, according to reports. The victim told police she only knew the suspects as “Cruz” and “Vidal.”

The suspects reportedly drove the victim around the area for some time before taking her to a Gold Hill residence where the first assault allegedly took place.

According to reports, Garcia said he would take the victim home after the assault, but drove her instead to an unknown location in the Camino area where the second assault allegedly occurred. He then reportedly returned her to her home in Placerville.

Police said they found the vehicle associated with Garcia Sunday morning which aided them in discovering his identity.

Anyone with information regarding Garcia is asked to contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Garcia is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

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