Garden Grove police released the identity Monday of a man accused in a string of violent attacks on women in Orange County, two days after he was taken into custody as a person of interest.
Ulises Omar De La Torre, 32, of Buena Park, was first taken into custody Saturday evening in connection with a a series of assaults that occurred within six hours on Jan. 16. He was not named at that time, and was called only a person of interest.
On Monday, the Garden Grove Police Department announced that investigators planned to file a case against De La Torre accusing him of multiple counts of attempted murder, burglary, attempted rape and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as one count of kidnapping.
De La Torre had not been named when police announced a person of interest in part because investigators wanted to get victim and witness statements “untainted by seeing a photo or hearing his name prior to us completing our interviews and lineups with all of them,” Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer said.
Police began searching for the assailant after multiple attacks in Garden Grove and Anaheim.
The first incident occurred at early in the evening Jan. 16, when a woman told police she had been hit multiple times by a man while walking along Euclid Avenue, police said in an initial news release.
About two hours later, a woman on the 11300 block of Clarissa Street told authorities she discovered a burglar in her home and was stabbed by him multiple times.
Then a man tried to force his way into the room two women were staying in at the Alamo Inn and Suites in Anaheim, according to the Anaheim Police Department. He slashed them with a knife as they attempted to close the door on him, police said.
Finally, a Garden Grove woman reported a man struck her several times while she was jogging.
Police had sent out messages to residents to advise them of the search for the violent attacker. The incidents occurred within a 2-mile area between 5 and 11 p.m., according to Anaheim police.