Man Sought in Rape of Coed Working at El Monte Convenience Store

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Police were searching Tuesday for an 18-year-old man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a college student in El Monte.


Joseph Leo Amaya, 18, was being sought in the rape of a college student at a convenience store in El Monte. (Credit: El Monte Police)

It happened on Saturday, Oct. 19 while the young woman was working as cashier at a convenience store.

As she was closing the store for the night, a man blocked the exit, dragged her to the rear of the store and raped her, according to a news release from the El Monte Police Department.

Her attacker was identified as Joseph Leo Amaya, a known gang member, police sad.

Amaya is described as a Hispanic man, 5 foot 5 inches tall, 160 pounds with dark hair and brown eyes.

He has a tattoo on his right forearm that reads, “EMF” and may have a tattoo on his neck as well, police said.

Anyone with information was urged to call Detective David Avalos at 626-258-8842 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.