- George Orwell - 1984
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Illegal Immigrant Rape Suspect Eyed in Chandler Serial Attacks
Phoenix police made an arrest last week that has Chandler detectives wondering if an elusive serial rapist is now in jail on other charges.
Police arrested Eladio Reza-Reza, 30, on Oct. 12 on charges of child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor and burglary.
Reza is accused of entering a south Phoenix apartment at 2:30 a.m. through an unlocked door and sexually assaulting a sleeping 6-year-old girl.
The girl's 11-year-old brother was sleeping in the living room with her and woke to find Reza raping his sister, according to a probable cause statement.
The statement says the boy screamed, waking his mother and stepfather, who chased Reza to his car.
According to the statement, the parents detained Reza in his car, naked, until police arrived. Police said they found his underwear in the living room.
Reza was arrested and admitted to police that he had raped the girl, according to the statement.
Court paperwork shows Reza was intoxicated when the rape occurred.
The victim required medical treatment after the attack, according to court paperwork.
Reza is an illegal immigrant and is being held without bond by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He is not allowed to have contact with anyone under 18.
Chandler detectives are awaiting information from Phoenix police as well as a DNA test to determine whether Reza could be the man responsible for raping five Chandler girls.
"We're waiting for Phoenix to conclude their investigation and process any physical evidence that they may or may not have obtained," said Chandler police detective Frank Mendoza.
In the Chandler rapes, the attacker assaulted the victims in their own homes. Most were single-parent homes, which he entered through unlocked doors. All of the attacks occurred within a few blocks of each other; the most recent was in June.
Chandler police stressed that their search for the serial rapist is not over and said this development underscores how big a priority the case has been for police departments across the Valley.