Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date January 19, 2006
Contact Sergeant John Capen
Phone (951) 351-6050


Apartment assault



Riverside, Ca- On January 19, 2006 at around 12:30 a.m., Riverside Police Officers responded to the Sterling University Palms apartments at 1400 University Avenue to investigate an apparent suicide attempt. When officers arrived the saw a male subject being treated by Riverside Fire Department personnel. Witnesses advised that the male, 20, had apparently jumped or had fallen from a fourth story window. Officers learned that an attempted sexual assault had occurred in the apartment from where the male had fallen.

The male’s wife, also 20, was the victim in that attempted sexual assault, and a second male was the suspect. The female victim, who is a University of California Riverside student, and two other females, share the apartment.

Detectives responded to the scene and learned that the female victim’s husband and his friend, who is the suspect, arrived at the apartment around 9 p.m. During the next few hours the victim’s husband and the suspect were drinking beer and watching television. When the victim’s husband suggested it was time for the suspect to go home, an argument ensued between the suspect and the victim’s husband. When the victim intervened, the suspect threatened both the victim and her husband with “Mace”. The suspect then retrieved a knife from the kitchen and told the victim he was going to rape her. The suspect forced the victim and her husband into a bedroom and threatened to kill the victim if her husband intervened.

The victim was able to talk the suspect into going back into the front room where she attempted to escape. A struggle ensued between her and the suspect, during which she and the suspect sustained minor stab wounds from the knife the suspect was holding. The suspect fled the apartment and was last seen running across University Avenue. The victim’s husband, unaware the suspect had fled the apartment, and fearing that the suspect would follow through with his threat, climbed out the bedroom window and fell while attempting to summon help for his wife.

Both the victim and her husband were transported to Riverside Community Hospital. The female victim was treated and released for a minor stab wound to her hand. The victim’s husband remains hospitalized with a fractured ankle as well as a wrist injury sustained as a result of his fall. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

The suspect, who is still outstanding, has a possible first name of “Hugo” and is described as a Male Hispanic adult, 20-21, 5’9”- 5’10”, average build, short dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt, and a light blue sweat pants with a whit stripe on the side of the legs. His clothing should have blood on it. He faces charges of kidnapping, attempted sexual assault, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Rick Wheeler at 951-320-8003.