Bell Gardens police are asking for the public’s help finding a transient who’s suspected of raping a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint.
The alleged kidnapping and rape occurred early Thursday morning at an undisclosed location, according to Lt. Dano Neslen of the Bell Gardens Police Department, who described the crime as “horrific.”
The girl told police she was coerced into a garage by a suspect later identified as Bell Gardens-area transient Robert Nunez, according to a police news release.
Nunez and a second suspect tied her up, then Nunez raped the girl at knifepoint, Neslen said.
Officers and investigators tracked down and arrested the second suspect Thursday afternoon, he said. That man was identified as 41-year-old Jaomir Perez.
Perez was booked into the Inmate Reception Center on $50,000 bail, according to sheriff’s inmate records.
Police asked the public for help locating Nunez, described as 5-feet-7 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, a dark complexion and a tattoo on his cheekbone. They warn he is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information on Nunez’s whereabouts should call 911.