A registered sex offender was arrested in connection with a Hollywood rape, authorities said Tuesday.
The rape, described as “brutal,” occurred July 17 and was reported to the Los Angeles Police Department and the subsequent investigation led to the arrest of 51-year-old Joaquin Rivas, police said.
The alleged kidnap and rape occurred between 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday around Melrose Avenue and Hobart Boulevard and may also have taken place in the 600 block of North Serrano Avenue, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD Media Relations Section.
Investigators were serving a search warrant at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at Clinton Street and Oxford Avenue when they detained Rivas in connection with the kidnapping and rape, Lopez said.
The District Attorney’s Office has filed multiple charges involving kidnapping and rape against Rivas, who was held in lieu of $10 million bail, Lopez said.
A check of the Megan’s Law website showed Rivas was convicted in 2006 of sexual penetration with a foreign object by force or fear and released in 2009.
Rivas’ last known address was in the 9900 block of Independence Avenue in Chatsworth, according to the database.
Police asked any additional victims to call the LAPD West Bureau Special Assault Section at 213-473-0440.
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