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Police: Suspect Arrested in Sexual Assault of Store Clerk in El Monte

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the Oct. 19 rape of a college student at a convenience store in El Monte, authorities said.

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Joseph Leo Amaya, 18, has been arrested in the rape of a college student at a convenience store in El Monte, police said. (Credit: El Monte Police)

Eighteen-year-old Joseph Amaya, a known gang member, was in custody Saturday night, according to the El Monte Police Department.

Amaya entered the Peck Mini Mart in the 4100 block of Peck Road on the evening of Oct. 19 as the victim was closing the store for the night, according to a statement issued by the department.

Amaya then “blocked the exit, dragged the helpless victim to the rear of the store and raped her,” the statement said.


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