Authorities ask for help identifying suspect in rape of girl in Madera County

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help to locate a vehicle believed to be used in the course of a rape of a girl in Madera County, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

On April 2, a man driving a dark colored, possibly grey late 1990s or early 2000s model Chevy Astro style van picked up a teenage girl in the city of Madera, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The suspect then drove the girl to a rural area of the county after telling the victim she would be paid to sell fruit at a corner fruit stand.

Once in the area, the suspect told the girl that he had a gun and forced her to undress, after threatening to kill her and her family, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The man then raped the juvenile at three different locations in the area, the Sheriff’s Office said. The girl did not actually see a firearm on the suspect or around the vehicle, but she did see a machete on the floor of the vehicle.

The suspect was described as a large, dark-complected, Hispanic man in his 20s, with a shaved head and no facial hair. The suspect was wearing khaki pants, black boots and a red shirt with small blue lettering over the right chest area.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or suspect should contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 675-7770.

If you see the suspect, call 911.

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