SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A 30-year-old man faces more than four decades in state prison after he was convicted of kidnap for rape and several other charges.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Tuesday that a jury had convicted Angel Anthony Sanchez on August 2.
Sanchez was convicted of kidnap for rape, assault with intent to commit rape with the use of a deadly weapon, carrying a dirk or dagger, resisting a peace officer, and dissuading a witness with the use of force.
The incident happened in September 2018.
A 19-year-old woman was walking in the 3700 block of State Street to make a withdrawal at an ATM.
Sanchez, who didn't know the victim, rode up behind her on a blue bicycle.
The woman was talking to a friend on the phone when Sanchez asked for her name. He then threatened the woman with a knife and tried to sexually assault her.
The woman fought back, but Sanchez pushed her to the ground and dragged her into a parking lot where she kept fighting back and screaming.
Someone driving by heard the woman screaming and drove into the parking lot.
The lights from the vehicle startled Sanchez, who jumped on his bike and rode away.
The woman was able to provide a detailed description of her attacker.
Police found and arrested Sanchez at a restaurant in the area the next day. Officers also found his bicycle.
When officers approached Sanchez, he tried to run away, but police were able to take him into custody.
During the investigation, police say they discovered an additional victim. That woman testified in court saying Sanchez had raped her when she was 16 years old.
"Because of the strength and courage of both Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, the careful prosecution by Deputy District Attorneys Jennifer Karapetian and Lauren Franco, and the excellent investigation by the Santa Barbara Police Department and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney Investigators, this violent offender will never be able to sexually assault another vulnerable woman or child again," said District Attorney Dudley in a press release.
Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced on September 26.
He is still in custody and being held on $2,025,000 bail.
He faces a maximum sentence of 41 years and four months to life in state prison.