Victim Forcibly Assaulted at Home of Suspects
by Jae Brattain | posted 01.28.2014
A woman reported she had been a victim of rape to the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center on October 24, 2013. A representative from the organization accompanied the victim to the Santa Barbara Police Department the next day to file charges.
Detectives began an investigation gathering evidence of the crime. Over a three month period, they were able to conduct personal interviews, gather medical information about the victim through forensics analysis, and conducting surveillance to identify the perpetrators.
The victim indicated that she had went with a friend to the home of the assailants located near the corner of North Milpas Street and East Yanonali Street. They went to “party” and consume alcohol around 10:00 pm on the evening of October 23rd. After a short time, the friend left the victim alone with Ubaldo De La Cruz-Gonzales and Carlos Rojas-Villafana.
Approximately 40-minutes after the women arrived, the victim tried to leave the house. However, the two men blocked her path. They then began forcing her to have sex multiple times. It was not until the morning that they released the woman. She told them she had to report to work. The next day she went to the Rape Crisis Center.
Police contacted the two men at their place of work on the East Side of Santa Barbara. Shortly afterwards, they were taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail.
The first man, De La Cruz-Gonzales, was booked for rape, oral copulation, and digital penetration. Each crime was committed through physical force. Rojas-Villafana is being accused of felony assault with intent to commit rape, sexual battery, and also digital penetration by force. The bail bond amount for both men has been set at $100,000 each.