Jan 19, 2023
An Orange County man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stalking, sexual assault, robbery, and kidnapping of a 19-year-old woman.
Police say Quinnton Xavier Roberson, 28, of Santa Ana kidnapped a woman who was shopping Monday at the Main Place Mall in the 2800 block of N. Main Street. The suspect is described by investigators as a dangerous and violent “predator” with a history of similar incidents.
“Roberson has a prior arrest for a similar related incident in early 2022 in Orange County and has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon,” the Santa Ana Police Department said in a statement.
The incident at Main Place Mall reportedly occurred at around 7 p.m. Monday. Police indicated that the teenage victim was shopping when Roberson allegedly stalked her and proceeded to follow the woman back to her vehicle in a parking structure.
“Roberson is accused of then forcing the victim to drive to a secluded parking lot in the 400 block of South Flower Street in Orange. There he allegedly sexually assaulted her, stole her personal property, and fled,” ABC 7 reported.
Following the alleged sexual assault, the 19-year-old victim drove to a nearby convenience store and contacted Orange Police officials.
Within 24 hours, investigators had identified Roberson as the suspect. He was arrested and booked at the Orange County Jail on the following charges:
Roberson’s bail was set at $1 million.
“It is through the diligent efforts of our detectives from the Special Crimes Section, who worked tirelessly through the night, that this violent and dangerous suspect was taken into custody within 24 hours of the crime being reported to our Department,” Santa Ana Chief David Valentin said. “The crimes committed by this predator involved some of the most heinous acts of violence against an innocent victim going about her day.”
“When someone’s just going about their day, not expecting this – it just shouldn’t happen to anybody,” Santa Ana police Sergeant Maria Lopez added.
Given Roberson’s pattern of violent crime, police say there may be additional victims who have yet to be identified. Santa Ana Police investigators are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying victims and/or past crimes committed by the suspect.
To submit a tip, please contact Detective M. Thomas at 714-245-8346 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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