A 27-year-old man was behind bars Thursday on a charge of raping a neighbor in his apartment complex in Laguna Niguel a year ago.

Cristian Arteaga, who is being held on $100,000 bail, was arrested Tuesday.

He was charged in November with rape by use of drugs, unauthorized use of personal identifying information and fraudulent acquisition, use or transfer of access cards, all felonies.

He is accused of raping a woman in her mid-20s in the parking lot of the apartment complex where they both lived on March 16, 2020, according to Orange County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Hylton.

It was unclear whether they were previously acquainted. He allegedly attacked the woman, who was returning home, in a car between 1 and 4 a.m., Hylton said.

Arteaga is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 3 in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana.

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