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Sex offender accused in Vista rapes, kidnapping arrested in Oceanside

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A search is underway Tuesday, May 31, 2011 for a rape suspect that sheriff's deputies have identified as 33-year-old Jeremy Ryan Stutzman. Stutzman allegedly raped two women at a Vista apartment complex and then held one of them against her will. A search is underway Tuesday, May 31, 2011 for a rape suspect that sheriff's deputies have identified as 33-year-old Jeremy Ryan Stutzman. Stutzman allegedly raped two women at a Vista apartment complex and then held one of them against her will.
This is the latest picture of the suspect, 33-year-old Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, obtained by News 8. This is the latest picture of the suspect, 33-year-old Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, obtained by News 8.
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OCEANSIDE (CNS) - A registered sex offender was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping two young neighbor women at his North County apartment before kidnapping one of them and holding her captive overnight.

Deputies took 33-year-old Jeremy Ryan Stutzman into custody without incident at a motel in the 900 block of North Coast Highway in Oceanside shortly before 3:30 p.m., sheriff's Lt. Jim Duffy said.

Authorities had been searching for Stutzman since late Monday night, after a 20-year-old Vista woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a neighbor at the South Santa Fe Drive apartment complex where she lives, according to sheriff's officials.

The woman told detectives that a 19-year-old friend of hers also had been raped by the same long-haired man, then threatened with a knife and taken against her will in a charcoal-gray 2005 Toyota Corolla owned by the older woman, Lt. Larry Nesbit said.

About 9 a.m. Tuesday, the abductor dropped the teenager off near her residence and drove away in an unknown direction, authorities said.

The victims identified the alleged assailant as Stutzman, a parolee-at-large and a resident of the apartment complex where both women live.

Deputies and members of a fugitive task force looked for the ponytailed suspect, who has a prior history of sexual battery, for nearly 16 hours before finding him and the stolen car at the coast-area motel.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. For an earlier story, read below.

VISTA (CNS) - Sheriff's deputies Tuesday sought a 33-year-old registered sex offender who allegedly raped two women at a Vista apartment complex, then held one of them against her will, possibly at knifepoint.

Deputies were sent to Mill Creek Apartments in the 2100 block of South Santa Fe Drive about 11:15 p.m. Monday by a 20-year-old woman who reported being raped, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Munsey.

The victim told investigators her 19-year-old friend was raped by the same man and held against her will in a gray 2005 Toyota Corolla owned by one of the women, Munsey said.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff's spokeswoman Melissa Aquino said that the younger woman was found safe. More information is expected to be made public at a 10:30 a.m. news conference.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, the lieutenant said.

The alleged crimes allegedly took place at his apartment.

According to the Megan's Law database, Stutzman, who has a history of sexual battery, is a 6-foot-1, 192-pound American Indian with long black hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos on his chest and was last seen shirtless, in blue jeans and a black jacket, Aquino said.

The Corolla that Stutzman is believed to be driving has a sticker of a white fox with a bow on the back window and a California license plate No. 6RXG434.

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