For Immediate Release
||January 19, 2006
||Sergeant John Capen
Riverside, Ca- On January 19, 2006 at around
12:30 a.m., Riverside Police Officers responded to the Sterling University Palms
apartments at 1400 University Avenue to investigate an apparent suicide attempt.
When officers arrived the saw a male subject being treated by Riverside Fire
Department personnel. Witnesses advised that the male, 20, had apparently jumped
or had fallen from a fourth story window. Officers learned that an attempted
sexual assault had occurred in the apartment from where the male had fallen.
The male’s wife, also 20, was the victim in that attempted sexual assault, and a
second male was the suspect. The female victim, who is a University of
California Riverside student, and two other females, share the apartment.
Detectives responded to the scene and learned that the female victim’s husband
and his friend, who is the suspect, arrived at the apartment around 9 p.m.
During the next few hours the victim’s husband and the suspect were drinking
beer and watching television. When the victim’s husband suggested it was time
for the suspect to go home, an argument ensued between the suspect and the
victim’s husband. When the victim intervened, the suspect threatened both the
victim and her husband with “Mace”. The suspect then retrieved a knife from the
kitchen and told the victim he was going to rape her. The suspect forced the
victim and her husband into a bedroom and threatened to kill the victim if her
The victim was able to talk the suspect into going back into the front room
where she attempted to escape. A struggle ensued between her and the suspect,
during which she and the suspect sustained minor stab wounds from the knife the
suspect was holding. The suspect fled the apartment and was last seen running
across University Avenue. The victim’s husband, unaware the suspect had fled the
apartment, and fearing that the suspect would follow through with his threat,
climbed out the bedroom window and fell while attempting to summon help for his
Both the victim and her husband were transported to Riverside Community
Hospital. The female victim was treated and released for a minor stab wound to
her hand. The victim’s husband remains hospitalized with a fractured ankle as
well as a wrist injury sustained as a result of his fall. He is expected to
recover from his injuries.
The suspect, who is still outstanding, has a possible first name of “Hugo” and
is described as a Male Hispanic adult, 20-21, 5’9”- 5’10”, average build, short
dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt, white
t-shirt, and a light blue sweat pants with a whit stripe on the side of the
legs. His clothing should have blood on it. He faces charges of kidnapping,
attempted sexual assault, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident
is urged to contact Detective Rick Wheeler at 951-320-8003.