Suspect nabbed in Tahoe City |

Suspect nabbed in Tahoe City

A woman was arrested Wednesday morning in Tahoe City for helping a wealthy California businessman drug and rape two other women in Hollywood.

Pina Maria Colapinto, 32, of Los Angeles, was found at a residence in Sierra Terrace in Tahoe City by Placer County Sheriff detectives at approximately 10:40 a.m., according to a report from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

Colapinto was traced to the Tahoe City residence by Detective Don Atkinson of the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office after he received a call from the Los Angeles Police Department asking for assistance Wednesday around 9 a.m. After tracing a telephone number provided by the Los Angeles police to the Tahoe City residence, Atkinson and Placer County deputies arrested Colapinto.

Information regarding how Los Angeles detectives received the Tahoe City telephone number could not be released, said Victoria Pipkin, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney Office.

Colapinto is accused of helping John Gordon Jones, 44, of Los Angeles, drug and rape two women he met in a Hollywood nightclub on two separate occasions. According to Pipkin, the crimes occurred in October.

According to the report, both Colapinto and Jones face charges of sexual battery and copulation involving a controlled substance.

“Colapinto is facing four criminal charges,” Pipkin said. “Two counts of oral copulation by anesthesia or an unknown substance and two counts of sexual battery by restraint.”

Colapinto is currently being held at the Placer County Jail in Tahoe City. The bail, which is based on a warrant from the LAPD and not on the actual crime, is set at $130,000, Langton said.

Jones, who made his $495,000 bail, is currently in Los Angeles County waiting for his Jan. 8 preliminary hearing, Pipkin said.

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