Maintenance Man Arrested, Accused of Rape

When the woman was describing the attack to police, the suspect arrived at the property and was then arrested

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    An Escondido woman claims she was raped and victimized by the maintenance man at her apartment complex.

    Escondido police officers had arrived to the Felicita Creek Apartments on West Vermont Avenue Thursday to interview the 65-year-old victim when the alleged suspect, Reginaldo Lopez-Beltran, 50, arrived on scene.

    The woman told officers he had entered her apartment two days previously under the pretense of doing some repair work.

    While he was inside the unit, the man raped the tenant and then left the apartment, the woman told police.

    Lopez-Beltran, of Escondido, was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of rape by force or fear, kidnapping with intent to commit rape, elder abuse, digital penetration by force or fear and two counts of sexual battery.

    “Certainly there’s that possibility to where if she allowed him in based on this work order, he did in fact take advantage of her trust,” said Lt. Greg Ellis of the Escondido Police Department.

    On Friday NBC 7’s Nicole Gonzales reported that police handed out informational flyers to Felicita Creek residents about the possible suspect.

    They also asked if Lopez-Beltran had victimized anyone else, and resident Stephanie Jackson said her mother had a strange visit from the maintenance man a few months ago.

    “She told me she was at the house when he came in and he asked her questions like, ‘Are you married?’ `Are you here alone, by yourself a lot?’ She was just like, `Why are you asking?’” said Jackson.

    To report any suspicious activities, contact the Escondido Police Department via an Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477).

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