A 21-year-old man will be arraigned this week after being arrested on suspicion of breaking into an Eastside apartment, robbing three people of money, raping a woman and threatening to kill them, police said.
Alfredo Vargas, listed as a transient, was arrested after a Lodi officer saw him driving a stolen car in Galt, according to police Sgt. Tod Patterson.
Vargas allegedly broke into an apartment in the 400 block of East Pine Street shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, police said. Two women and a man were present.
Vargas fired a gun into a couch pillow, then pointed a gun at the man's head and pulled the trigger, police said. However, the gun failed to discharge.
Vargas then pointed a gun at a woman's head and threatened to kill her before she escaped and went to a friend's house, police said. Vargas allegedly raped one of the women in the apartment. He tied the hands of one woman behind her back with black duct tape, police said.
Vargas, whom officers believed was driving a stolen Honda, was arrested the next day in Galt after a police dog found him in a backyard and bit him, Patterson said.
Lodi Detective Nick Welton, who happened to be in Galt on Friday, learned that a resident had just called Galt police about someone dumping off a stolen dark-colored Honda.
Vargas was believed to have stolen a different Honda, Patterson said. Welton called for a Lodi police dog, who found Vargas at about 7:30 p.m. in a backyard on Fawcett Court, northeast of Walnut Avenue and Carillion Boulevard, Patterson said.
Vargas was booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on suspicion of robbery, forcible rape, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment with violence, threatening great bodily injury and one count of auto theft, Patterson said.
First published: Monday, April 24, 2006