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Madera Sheriff Searching For Suspect In Rape Of Teen Girl

MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in connection with the alleged rape of a young girl.

On Tuesday, April 2, an unknown male subject driving a dark colored, possibly grey late 1990s or early 2000s model Chevy Astro style van, picked up a female juvenile in the City of Madera, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The male subject then reportedly drove the teen to a rural area of the county after telling the victim she would be paid to sell fruit at a corner fruit stand.

Once in the area, the male subject told the female that he had a gun and forced her to undress, after threatening to kill her and her family. The male subject then raped the juvenile at three different locations in the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The female did not actually see a firearm on the male subject or around the vehicle, but she did report seeing a machete on the floor of the van.

The male subject is described as a large, dark complected Hispanic male in his 20s with a shaved head and no facial hair. The male subject was reportedly wearing khaki pants, black boots and a red shirt with small blue lettering over the right chest area.

If you have any information regarding this incident, or the possible whereabouts of the vehicle or suspect described above, please contact the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 559-675-7770.


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