A Porterville College basketball player is accused of rape and kidnapping. Police say a woman came to Visalia PD to file a sexual assault report against 19-year-old Andres Solis. The victim told detectives Solis kidnapped and raped her.
The player profile of power forward and center Andres Solis is no longer on the Porterville Pirates website. Now the focus is on the 19-year-old’s mugshot. Solis is accused of rape, kidnapping and other sex crimes.
“And now people are gonna look at PC like ‘oh wow people over here in Porterville College thinking this is fine’ but it’s really not. It’s a disappointment,” said Slayton Sell, a student at PC.
School officials released a statement, saying in part “Porterville College is aware of an off-campus arrest involving a PC student. This is an ongoing investigation and we’re unable to comment at this time.”
The alleged kidnapping and rape happened in Visalia where Solis played basketball at Redwood High School, graduating in 2017.
Police say the victim claims Solis sexually assaulted her at a home on the 2900 block of West Tyler Avenue and the two knew each other.
“The victim reports that the suspect did use a weapon during the course of the kidnapping,” said Visalia Police Lieutenant Luma Fahoum.
After speaking to the victim last Sunday, violent crime detectives arrested Solis on Monday after questioning him.
“This baffled me, my team. I’m sure his old teammates,” he said.
That voice wants to remain anonymous. He says he played high school basketball against Solis before teaming up with him earlier this year in an adult recreation league.
“He was super cool with us. Like he wasn’t like competitive or passive aggressive with us so it was good,” he said.
Solis’ old teammate says he’s stunned after becoming friends over the last few years.
“Knowing that I was close to someone that had a side like that, that’s the scary thing,” he said.
Solis is booked at the Bob Wiley Detention Center. His bail is set at $1.7 million.