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Violent Attacks on Woman in O.C.

Within five hours on Jan. 16, 2014, multiple women were attacked in Garden Grove and Anaheim. A person of interest was detained on Jan. 18, and the suspect was identified Jan. 20 as Ulises Omar De La Torre, 32, of Buena Park.

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The man accused in a string of violent attacks on women in Orange County made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

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Ulises Omar De La Torre, 32, is charged with attacking 5 women in a 6 hour period in Orange County. (Credit: KTLA)

Ulises Omar De La Torre, 32, of Buena Park, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of committing a series of assaults that occurred within six hours on Jan. 16.

De La Torre was charged Tuesday with one count of kidnapping to commit rape, two counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and three counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense in the commission of a burglary, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

With sentencing enhancements, De La Torre could face 244 years to life in prison if convicted.

De La Torre, who has two previous convictions for attempted murder and street terrorism, was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Police began searching for De La Torre after multiple attacks in Garden Grove and Anaheim.

The first incident occurred early in the evening, 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.

De La Torre fled the scene after allegedly attempting to pull down the woman’s pants, the DA’s Office stated in the 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.

De La Torre allegedly ran from the home when the woman’s boyfriend walked inside, according to the DA’s Office.

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Ulises Omar De La Torre is suspected in a series of attacks on women in Garden Grove and Anaheim on Jan. 16, 2014. (Credit: Garden Grove Police Department)

De La Torre was also accused of trying to force his way into the room of two women staying 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 said a man struck her several times while she was jogging.

De La Torre was accused of punching her repeatedly and trying to pull off her clothes.

The DA’s Office was expected to ask that De La Torre be held without bail.

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.

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Ulises Omar De La Torre is suspected in a series of attacks on women in Garden Grove and Anaheim on Jan. 16, 2014. (Credit: Garden Grove Police Department)

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.

A person of interest was in custody Saturday in connection with a series of attacks that happened at different locations hours apart in Garden Grove and Anaheim, authorities said.

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Sketch released of man sought in 3 separate attacks in Garden Grove on Jan. 16, 2014. (Credit: Garden Grove Police)

Police made the arrest around 7:30 p.m. in the 6100 block of Robin Way in Buena Park, according to a news release from the Garden Grove Police Department.

Investigators were trying to determine if the person in custody may have committed a series of assaults that were reported Thursday in a span of less than five hours.

The first incident happened around 5:30 p.m. that evening when a woman told police she had been hit multiple times by a man while walking along the 11300 block of Euclid Avenue, according to the initial news release from Garden Grove police officials on Thursday.

About two hours after that, a woman on the 11300 block of Clarissa Street was stabbed three times after she reported finding a burglar in her home, police said.

Less than an hour later, a man reportedly tried to force his way into the room two women were staying in at the Alamo Inn and Suites in Anaheim. He slashed them with a knife as they attempted to close the door on him, the release stated.

The last assault was reported around 10 p.m. Thursday night by a Garden Grove resident who told police she was struck several times by a man while jogging in the 11300 block of Lampson Avenue, authorities said.

Police had not yet released the identity of the person in custody.

Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a man sought in attacks on five women that occurred within a couple of hours of each other on Thursday night at different locations in Garden Grove and Anaheim.

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Sketch released of man sought in 3 separate attacks in Garden Grove on Jan. 16, 2014. (Credit: Garden Grove Police)

The series of events began around 5:30 p.m. Thursday when a woman called police to report she had been hit several times by a man while walking home along the 11300 block of Euclid Avenue, according to Garden Grove police.

About two hours later, a woman on Clarissa Street reported coming home to find a burglar in her home. The burglar, who was armed with a knife, stabbed the woman three times before fleeing, police said.

Shortly afterward, the man reportedly attacked two women outside their room at the Alamo Inn and Suites in Anaheim.

The last known assault on Thursday was reported around 10 p.m. by a woman who told police she was struck several times by a man while jogging in the 11300 block of Lampson Avenue, the release stated.

In each case the attacker was described as a white or Hispanic man in his early 20s with tattoos on both arms. He was reportedly wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans and may have had a piercing in his lower lip.

Bloodhounds used to search for the man lost his scent in a parking lot on the southwest corner of Euclid Avenue, according to Lt. Ben Stauffer. Police were asking for information from anyone who may have picked up a man matching the attacker’s description from the lot between 10 p.m. and midnight on Thursday.

Anyone with information was urged to call the Garden Grove police hotline at 714-741-5070.