Police Seeking Man Who Allegedly Raped Store Clerk in El Monte

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Police on Wednesday were searching for a man wanted in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a female college student working at a convenience store 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 Department)

Joseph Leo Amaya, 18, 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 El Monte Police Department.

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

“Our detectives have been working exhaustively to find” Amaya, said El Monte police Sgt. Roger Cobian on Tuesday. “We have not had enough leads to get him into our custody, and we are now asking for the public’s help.

“Think of your mothers, your daughters and your sisters,” Cobian said. “This is the person we are trying to help at this time.”

Amaya is 5 feet, 5 inches, 160 pounds, police said. He has dark hair, brown eyes and the letters “EMF” tattooed on his right forearm.

He was reportedly last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black slippers.

Anyone with information about Amaya’s whereabouts was encouraged to call Detective David Avalos of the El Monte Police Department at 626-258-8842. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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