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Defendant Convicted of Kidnapping & Assault
with Intent to Commit Rape

DATE:  May 9, 2017

CASE:  Thomas Chavez (Case #15F04824) 

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Maria Wilson, Adult Sexual Assault Unit 

Thomas Chavez was convicted by a Sacramento Superior Court judge of kidnapping and assault with the intent to commit rape.  

On August 6, 2015, at approximately midnight, a woman was walking down Stockton Boulevard when Chavez pulled up behind her in his car.  He jumped out of his car, grabbed her from behind, held an ice pick to her neck and forced her into his car.  Chavez drove behind a nearby store to an isolated area.  Fortunately, CHP officers who were nearby observed Chavez drive behind the store and went to investigate.  The officers shined their light into the vehicle and heard the woman screaming for help.  Chavez was arrested soon after. 

The Honorable Laurel White found Chavez guilty of kidnapping and assault to commit rape.  In addition, the court found Chavez had suffered prior convictions for sexual assault in 1988.  Chavez faces a sentence of 30 years to life in state prison.  Sentencing is set for June 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept 10.


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