PAROLEE ARRESTED IN RAPES.
A paroled armed robber has been arrested in the brutal rapes of three women in the nation's second-safest city, and police said Wednesday that they believe there are other victims, as well.
Narcisso Soliz, a 40-year-old tile installer, was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his arraignment next Wednesday on 30 counts, including burglary, rape and sodomy. In announcing his arrest, authorities compared Soliz to Vincent Sanchez, the admitted Simi Valley rapist who has been charged with murdering one of his dozen victims.
``Not long ago we arrested Vincent Sanchez for the murder of Megan Barroso and recovered a long history of serial rapes in (neighboring Simi Valley) that led him to finally taking the life of an innocent young woman,'' Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks said at a news conference. ``We firmly believe that Narcisso Soliz is the same kind of criminal predator who would have continued to increase the violence developed in his crimes until it had ended in a murder.''
While the initial three cases date from August 1998 through July 2002, Brooks said authorities are investigating his involvement in rapes in 1990 and 1993.
``We also are taking a look at all the other jurisdictions within Ventura County and all the surrounding counties to make sure there are no other cases he is responsible for,'' Brooks said.
Soliz is suspected of assaulting a 24-year-old woman in August 1998 and an 18-year-old woman in January 2002 during early morning attacks in their homes. He also is suspected in the July 17 rape of a 27-year-old woman, who was attacked when she returned to her apartment from emptying her trash.
DNA evidence in the first two cases linked Soliz to the attacks, authorities said. DNA test results on the most recent assault are due back today.
Brooks said the victims were similar in height, weight, general age, complexion and hair color, which led officials to conclude that Soliz likely stalked his victims.
A nine-member task force formed Aug. 1 initially looked at a list of 2,000 potential suspects. Authorities got a break Aug. 15, when Soliz's parole officer identified him from a description the third victim gave of construction boots and other clothing her attacker was wearing.
``Once we identified Soliz, once we became aware of his existence courtesy of State Parole, then he was our No. 1 suspect,'' said Capt. Frank O'Hanlon, who headed the task force. ``His time line, his crime history, his physical descriptors ... all fit. So we were very confident at that time he was our suspect.''
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Aug 22, 2002|
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