A Long Beach man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two teen girls in the South L.A. area was charged Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Samuel Alexander Vasquez, 29, faces two counts each of kidnapping to commit rape and forcible rape, and one count each of oral copulation and assault with a deadly weapon, the DA’s office said in a news release.
Vasquez is accused in two separate incidents that happened about a month apart.
In the first case, he allegedly kidnapped a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint while she walked home in the area of 75th and Figueroa streets on Sept. 27, then drove to a separate location where she was sexually assaulted, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
On Oct. 28, the suspect allegedly forced a 14-year-old girl who was walking home in the area of 70th and Flower streets into his car and later sexually assaulted the teen, police said.
He was arrested last Thursday as he was leaving work in Long Beach.
Vasquez is expected to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown. During the court appearance, prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $5 million, according to the release.
He could receive a maximum sentence of up to life in state prison if convicted on the charges.