Feb 22, 2023
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying additional victims after a Riverside man was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor.
Brian Meza Iniguez, a 24-year-old Riverside resident, was arrested on October 13 after a 17-year-old victim reported to authorities that she had been sexually assaulted during a business meeting in August, according to a Riverside Police statement.
CBS News reported that the ongoing police investigation stemmed from Iniguez having sexually assaulted “multiple teenage girls after luring them to his business under the guise of having a job offer for work with his catering business.”
The suspect “would communicate with the girls before inviting them to what they thought was a Downtown Riverside loft, only to find they were instead inside of his apartment,” CBS News further indicated.
ABC 7 confirmed that Iniguez “specializes in catering events in which churros are the main dish.”
Iniguez reportedly operated multiple churro businesses under different banners, including:
Riverside police officer Ryan Railsback told ABC 7 that detectives from the department’s Sexual Assault-Child Abuse Unit initiated an investigation after learning of the alleged attack on the teenager. The survivor, whose identity has not yet been released, was reportedly assaulted at the suspect’s apartment in the 3700 block of Main Street in Riverside.
“This investigation is ongoing, and detectives believe there may be additional victims the suspect contacted through his Churros-N-Cream Catering or Cali Catering business who have not yet come forward,” Railsback said to ABC 7.
Iniguez was reportedly booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on sexual assault charges. He has since been released on $55,000 bail, according to KTLA.
Detectives with the Riverside Police Sexual Assault-Child Abuse Unit believe there may be additional victims assaulted by Iniguez who have yet to be identified.
Anyone with information related to a sex crime committed by Brian Meza Iniguez is urged to immediately contact Detective Edward Vazquez by phone at 951-353-7136 or via email at EVazquez@RiversideCA.gov.
The alleged sexual assault committed by Brian Meza Iniguez is one of multiple Los Angeles-area incidents involving minors recently covered via the Dordulian Law Group (DLG) blog.
– In September, a local rideshare driver was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. 37-year-old Jonh Erik Bastidas Arenas was taken into custody in connection with an August 2022 armed sexual assault of a minor. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) indicated that the suspect opened the door of his Toyota Prius and brandished a weapon while directing the teenager to enter the vehicle.
The LAPD urged anyone with additional information related to Jonh Erik Bastidas Arenas to contact them via 818-374-5415.
– In August, a suspect was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a local Glendale, California, donut shop. While the boy and his family were placing an order at the Yum Yum Donuts on Glenoaks Boulevard, a male suspect – later identified as 36-year-old Farid Lalezarzadeh – reportedly walked behind the victim and pinched him on his buttocks.
“As he [Lalezarzadeh] walks up, he’s gonna use hand sanitizer as a ruse to get close to the kid, cause the kid happens to be standing next to the sanitizer pump, with his left hand he appears to grope or pinch the child’s butt. Then you see the child react,” Glendale Police Department’s Victor Jackson told CBS News.
Officials with the Glendale Police Department urged anyone with additional information related to the incident which occurred at Yum Yum Donuts in August to contact them at 818-548-4911.
– Earlier this month, a kidnapping/sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy was captured on Closed Circuit Television. A press release from the LAPD confirmed that the incident occurred at an El Sereno park, near the 4700 block of Klamath Street.
“The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon and forced the victim into a bathroom. The suspect then proceeded to sexually assault the victim. The suspect left the location in an unknown direction,” the LAPD press release indicated.
At the time of our posting, a suspect was reportedly in custody but had yet to be identified. On October 13, NBC 4 Los Angeles confirmed that Edward William Banks, 27, had been arrested in connection with the kidnapping/sexual assault. Banks is set to be arraigned on November 8 on one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime, forcible oral copulation of a minor 14 or older, forcible sodomy of a minor 14 or older, and forcible sexual penetration of a minor 14 or older. The charges also include allegations of kidnapping and use of a deadly weapon, according to NBC 4.
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