General Crime

* Antonio Andre Mouton was arrested outside the Pittsburg/Bay point BART station in connectino with a rape and two attempted rapes

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 A man who was arrested Tuesday in connection with a rape and two attempted rapes in a gated apartment complex in unincorporated Walnut Creek has been identified as 22-year-old Berkeley resident Antonio Andre Mouton, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office. Mouton was arrested Tuesday outside the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station after the sheriff’s office received a tip about his possible whereabouts, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Warne said during a news conference in Martinez this afternoon. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has filed formal charges against Mouton. Those charges include one count of rape, two counts of attempted rape and three counts of burglary, Warne said. He is being held in county jail in Martinez on $12.45 million and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Warne said. The three attacks happened at Park Regency Apartments in the 3100 block of Oak Road. The first attack happened on June 30 when a man believed to be Mouton knocked on the victim’s door and asked her for a glass of water. While the victim was getting him some water, the man entered the apartment and covered the victim’s mouth with his hand, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said. The victim struggled, pushed the suspect away and screamed, which alerted her boyfriend. The man fled before sheriff’s deputies arrived. Then on July 6, a man entered an apartment in the complex through an unlocked front door and raped a 23-year-old woman. The victim had been alone at the time and woke up to find the man in her room, Lee said. The most recent attack happened at about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday. The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was asleep when the suspect entered her apartment. She woke up when he put his hand over her mouth. He reportedly threatened her and ordered her not to scream, Lee said. The victim struggled and was able to get away from him. Once free, she sprayed her attacker with pepper spray and he fled. The victim’s front door was reportedly locked at the time, and investigators do not know how the man got into the apartment, but Warne said there was no sign of forced entry. Investigators got a break in the case on Tuesday when they received a tip from a citizen and obtained a warrant for Mouton’s arrest. They also obtained a warrant to collect his DNA, Warne said. Paul Holes, chief of the Forensic Services Division, said DNA evidence collected from the rape victim pointed to Mouton. Although there was still some technical and administrative work to be done before Holes could say the DNA was a match, he said, “We are confident that the DNA we recovered (from the victim) has come from Mr. Mouton.” Warne said sheriff’s deputies have been working the case non-stop since the first attack was reported, but they still have not determined why Mouton allegedly targeted the Park Regency or if he had any connection to the complex. Mouton does not work at the complex and never has, Warne said. “I can say that we’re all relieved that this individual has been caught,” Warne said. Based on Mouton’s alleged pattern of behavior, Warne said he believed that the three attacks at the Park Regency were most likely not isolated incidents.
      
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