24-year-old suspect gets 33 years in prison for rape and robbery

On Dec. 13, 2013, Jorge Gabriel Barraza, a 24-year-old Downey resident, pled guilty to two counts of forcible rape and one count of robbery, with allegations of great bodily injury and the criminal use of a firearm. After entering his plea in Long Beach court, Barraza was sentenced to 33 years in prison.
This case stemmed from an incident that occurred on Jan. 1, 2009, in the area of Cherry Avenue and Artesia Boulevard. The victim was walking home when she noticed a car following her. The victim attempted to get away from the suspicious vehicle, however the suspect eventually grabbed the victim and pulled her into his vehicle. The suspect beat and sexually assaulted the victim before releasing her. The victim sustained major injuries from the assault, including a broken jaw.
In November 2009, Long Beach police received a DNA hit, tentatively identifying Barraza as the suspect. A confirmation swab was obtained from the suspect and submitted to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Scientific Services Bureau. This matched the evidence collected at the time of the January 1, 2009 assault. In addition, the DNA evidence matched evidence seized after an assault that occurred in the City of South Gate on April 19, 2009.
The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) worked with both victims, as well as the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, to bring charges against Barraza.

Source: LBPD

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