Police Nab Rape Suspect

Chino man suspected of attacking female jogger earlier this month on Santa Monica Beach.

Rape and attempted murder charges were filed against a man suspected of assaulting a woman during a pre-dawn run along Santa Monica Beach, the Santa Monica Police Department reported.

The suspect was arrested 5:30 a.m. Wednesday by the harbor patrol unit, near where the crime occurred.  

He was identified by the police as 36-year-old Brandon Cross of Chino.

On Wednesday, officers "patrolling the north beach area, observed a possible suspect in the general area of the crime," said police department spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis. "The suspect was detained; after additional investigation, the suspect was arrested."

Cross was arraigned Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court on numerous felony charges, including one count of attempted murder, two counts of forcible rape, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and resisting officers.

Bail was set at $1.35 million.

The woman was assaulted about 4:50 a.m. Oct. 10 while running between Lifeguard Tower 8 and the waterline. She eventually fought off the attacker and ran to safety. He walked away.

Police circulated a composite sketch of the man and launched an "exhaustive search," Lewis said.

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Deborah Lashever December 04, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Glenn, Seriously? You are going to school me on rape? Hmmm...how many times do you think I have been raped as opposed to you? I am a female that was brought up in Los Angeles, for God's sake! Conservatively, at least 88% of women here have been raped or sexually molested at least once in their lives! I was even raped by two LAPD in a police car when I was a teenager! Stop your preaching. You obviously know NOTHING of what you speak. FYI, I am not a "homeless" advocate. I am a Justice advocate. A Truth advocate. My comments were concerning your comments (and others') on this thread regarding your obvious conclusion--with absolutely no facts--that this person that committed this horrific crime was "homeless". That is bullshit. And totally prejudiced. And by spouting your prejudiced bullshit you are prejudicing others. You do not have any facts or any intelligence to back up anything you have said. Best shut it down. You are doing no one any good. You just sound like a biased jerk. That is what I have concluded.
Glenn E Grab December 04, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Btenda, take a look at him, he's been in the sun a lot, he's got that homeless tan....besides, I'm sure he has a long criminal record....him being homeless doesn't reflect on other homeless people, any more than his ethnicity reflects on his race...it's just a fact...another fact, most homeless people are where they are because of drug and alcohol abuse...they couldn't hold a job if they were given one...
Glenn E Grab December 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Deborah, I will not stoop to your level of name calling....it's obvious by your posts that you have an agenda and cannot tolerate anyone disagreeing with you or it....thank you for sharing, nontheless....
Deborah Lashever December 05, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Glenn, look in the mirror. Buh bye...
Brenda Barnes December 05, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Speaking of name-calling, Glenn, I just can't discuss serious topics--and accusing people falsely is serious with me--with anyone who makes up facts and then insists they are true. Sorry. I just don't have the patience for it.


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