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* Octavio Castillo Watsonville man arrested for alleged kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and beating a woman on Oct. 16, 2010

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Santa Cruz police arrested a Watsonville man Thursday suspected of kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and beating a woman last year, police said. Officers arrested Octavio Castillo, 18, after his DNA matched the samples taken from the victim after the assault on Oct. 16, 2010, police said. The 28-year-old woman was allegedly taken by Castillo between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. as she was walking home from a party, police said.

Castillo allegedly beat and sexually assaulted the woman, who was heavily intoxicated at the time, before leaving her on Ranport Road just outside of Watsonville’s city limits, according to police. Forensic evidence was taken from the victim and processed by the Bureau of Forensic Services lab within California’s Department of Justice, police said. From the evidence, the lab was able to create a DNA profile of the suspect and compare it to DNA collected from convicted offenders and arrestees through the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System.

An initial comparison on Nov. 15 did not reveal a match for anyone currently in the system, police said. anta Cruz police continued to request a comparison search through the database, and on Tuesday, Castillo was identified as a match, police said. The database hit came as a result of DNA collected from Castillo after he was arrested for possession of stolen property and auto burglary in February, according to police. Detectives issued arrest and search warrants for Castillo, who was found near his home in Watsonville. Castillo was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of sodomy, kidnapping,and battery with serious bodily injury.

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