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Picture of suspect vehicle type in Santa Ana child rape released; reward offered

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
According to numerous witnesses, a suspect vehicle believed to look like the above car was involved in a child rape in Santa Ana Sunday, July 15, 2012.

According to numerous witnesses, a suspect vehicle believed to look like the above car was involved in a child rape in Santa Ana Sunday, July 15, 2012. (KABC Photo)

Santa Ana Police released a photo Wednesday of the type of car that suspected in a child rape in Santa Ana Sunday night.

Numerous witnesses told police the vehicle was the same type as in the above photo: A 2-door silver Honda with a moon roof, silver rims and a spoiler on the trunk.

Anyone with information related to the case should contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS. Anyone with a tip that leads to the arrest of the suspect in this case is eligible for a reward up to $1000.

The incident happened at an apartment complex on the 1400 block of South Townsend Street. A 6-year-old girl and her 4-year-old friend were on their scooters playing in a walkway around 6 p.m. Sunday when, according to police, a man got out of a car parked in an alley and lured the child over with a piece of paper he said was for her mother. The suspect then grabbed the girl and drove away.

Police said the suspect drove to a parking lot in the area, where he sexually assaulted the girl. About two hours later, she was spotted by a neighbor in the suspect's vehicle.

The neighbor chased the car. The suspect stopped the vehicle and pushed the girl out. She was brought home by the neighbor.

"This is a stranger abduction. Nobody knows this individual. He's not from the neighborhood. He's not part of the family," said Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna.

The suspect was described as a heavyset Hispanic man between 25 and 35 years old, standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was driving a 2-door silver Honda with a moon roof, silver rims and a spoiler on the trunk..

Anyone with information related to the case should contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS. Anyone with a tip that leads to the arrest of the suspect in this case is eligible for a reward up to $1000. Or contact the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-8497.

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