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Good Samaritan Thwarts Attempted Rape After Hearing Muffled Screams

A Good Samaritan stopped an attempted rape in Santa Ana.

​Santa Ana, CA – A California man who heard a woman screaming, and then confronted the man who was attempting to rape her, is being called a Good Samaritan by the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD).

Taylor O’Neill was headed to work at 4:30 p.m. on Monday when he saw a truck blocking the entrance to his business in the 1600 block of Palm Street, according to WXIN.

O’Neill honked his horn a few times, but the truck didn’t move, according to KTLA.

He got out of his vehicle to confront the truck’s driver, and heard muffled screams coming from inside the truck. He looked into the truck and saw the 28-year-old victim inside.

“I saw her with her face duct-taped and him on top of her choking her,” O’Neill said. “That’s when I tried to open the door and banged on the window to get her out of there, get her safe, and deal with him later.”

During the chaos, the victim was able to unlock the truck and run to safety.

The man fled the scene, but O’Neill was able to take a picture of his truck and get his license plate number.

Police said the incident occurred after Jorge Alejandro Cruz de Armas offered the victim a ride to a nearby Wells Fargo bank.

They said Cruz de Armas told her that he wanted to have sex when she got into his truck.

The victim said no, and the man asked for her phone number.

When she refused to give him her number, he pulled his truck into an alley, and duct-taped her face, according to Santa Ana police.

O’Neill intervened shortly thereafter, and stayed with the victim, whom he described as “really scared,” until police arrived.

Police tracked down the suspect and arrested him Wednesday night at his workplace in Costa Mesa.

Cruz de Armas, 27, of Tustin, was expected to be charged with suspicion of assault with intent to rape and attempted rape by force or fear.

Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna said detectives believe the victim was put in a chokehold.

The victim doesn’t remember having duct tape on her face, and may have passed out, Cpl. Bertagna said.

The SAPD said they believed there may be additional victims and asked anyone with information to contact Detective E. Majors at 714-245-8378, [email protected] or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

GinnyReed - December Thu, 2017


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