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Rape Suspect Nabbed With Help From Public

CATHEYS VALLEY – On Tuesday, May 21, at 9:43 a.m. Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Catheys Valley area to investigate a third party report of a domestic violence incident.

Deputies arrived shortly thereafter and contacted the reported female victim who told deputies that she had been physically beaten by her co-habitating boyfriend, Martin Guerrero Jr., age 42.The victim also reported that she had been held against her will and was sexually assaulted and beaten for several days.

Due to her injuries, the victim was transported to a Merced area hospital where further interviews were conducted by investigating deputies.

Mariposa County Sheriff’s detectives attained a search warrant to process the scene for evidence. An arrest warrant was also granted by the Mariposa County Superior Court for the arrest of Mr. Martin Guerrero, Jr. for numerous felony assault charges.

On the morning of Wednesday, May 22, a public broadcast message was disseminated to press agencies and digital media in hopes of gaining public support in locating Guerrero.

The Sheriff’s Office did receive calls reporting sightings of the suspect. In response to those calls, an extensive search of a trailer park in Catheys Valley resulted in the arrest of Guerrero on the evening of Wednesday, May 22.

Guerrero was booked into the Mariposa County Adult Detention Facility where he remains on $100,000 bail, on charges of rape, sodomy, felony domestic violence with serious injury and kidnapping.

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