A Sonoma County jury Tuesday convicted a Santa Rosa man of three separate rapes over a three-year period. Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza, 25, was convicted of eight felony counts in connection with the crimes that occurred between June 16, 2006 and July
24, 2009. He will be sentenced Sept. 29. He was convicted of rape in concert during a kidnapping and false imprisonment of a woman on June 16, 2006. Carlos-Rogelio and another suspect agreed to give a woman a ride to Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa but drove her to a winery where he and three other suspects beat and raped the woman, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said. The woman reported the crime but the case was unresolved for three years. On July 28, 2006, a woman got into a car with Carlos-Zaragoza after she asked if he knew where to get drugs. Carlos-Zaragoza and two other suspects drove the woman to a winery where they raped the woman. Again, the victim reported the crime but it was unsolved for three years, the district attorney’s office said. Carlos-Zaragoza was convicted of rape in concert during a kidnapping and false imprisonment in connection with that incident. On July 24, 2009, a woman left her father’s house after an argument and walked to downtown Santa Rosa. She was kidnapped at knife point by Leonel Carlos-Zaragoza, 36, Rogelio’s brother, as she walked back home on Dutton Avenue and thrown into a vehicle driven by Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza, the district attorney’s office said. Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza drove north on U.S. Highway 101 as his brother allegedly raped the woman in the backseat California Highway Patrol Officer Marcus Hawkins tried to stop the vehicle, but Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza led the CHP on a chase to the Mark West Springs Road area north of Santa Rosa. The Carlos-Zaragoza brothers fled the vehicle but were later arrested. DNA evidence linked Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza to the 2006 rapes, the district attorney’s office said. The jury deliberated three days before convicting him of kidnapping with intent to commit rape, forcible rape, rape in concert, and assault in the 2009 incident and the 2006 rapes, the district attorney’s office said. DNA evidence linked Leonel Carlos-Zaragoza to the 2009 rape, the district attorney’s office said, and his trial began this week in Sonoma County Superior Court.
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