Man Charged With Raping College Student at Convenience Store in El Monte

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

An 18-year-old man accused of raping a clerk at an El Monte convenience store was charged with two counts of forcible rape and three counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.

Joseph Leo Amaya, a known gang member, is also charged with a special allegation that he kidnapped the 19-year-old victim to commit the offenses charged, according to the L.A.County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim, a local college student, was working the night shift at the Peck Mini Mart when Amaya spotted her, prosecutors said.

He left the store, but returned while the girl was getting ready to close up for the night.

Once inside the store, Amaya allegedly barricaded the store entrance doors, dragged the victim to the back of the store and repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl, prosecutors said.

Amaya arraignment, which was initially scheduled for Monday, was postponed until Tuesday.

If convicted as charged, Amaya faces a maximum sentence of 125 years to life in state prison.