According to a recent report, the son of a Los Angeles Fire Captain is accused of attempted rape of Andrea Vasquez.
Gabriel Esparza (20) was arrested last Thursday for the alleged shooting of Vazquez in Penn Park, Whittier on August 20. She was out with her boyfriend.
The prosecution alleges that he tried to rape the woman as she was dying, before disposing of her body in Moreno Valley, about 60 miles east from Los Angeles.
Ambrosio Rodriquez, his attorney, revealed in court that the client is the child of a Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain, FOX 11.
Rodriguez said that Esparza was “scared”, and “just starting to understand what is going on” during his Wednesday arraignment. Esparza has pleaded not-guilty on seven counts including attempted rape and kidnapping. He was ordered to be held without bond.
Rodriguez told the Los Angeles Superior Court that “everyone is shocked and can’t believe he was charged with such a crime.”
The identity of this fire captain is not public. Esparza confessed to police in detail that he did not know Vazquez and targeted her randomly, according to a local news outlet.
George Gascon, the embattled Los Angeles district attorney said that “the heinous nature” of this crime against an innocent victim “shocks us to our core.”
According to a local TV station, the complaint claims that Esparza targeted Vazquez in order to rape her and sodomize.
Vazquez, her boyfriend and their car were in the trunk when Esparza opened fire with a rifle believed to belong to a member of his family.
Vazquez’s boyfriend ran for cover. He told the police that when he returned to his car, a blood trail was there and she had disappeared.
The prosecution claims that Esparza fled with Vazquez in his Toyota Tacoma, who had been seriously injured.
The Los Angeles Times reported that her sister Edlyn Vasquez tracked her phone with an app. She saw it moving along the 60 Freeway towards Riverside.
She told the local paper that she and a friend were trying to follow the car when they lost the signal at Moreno Valley.
She said, “They were far ahead of us.” There was no way for us to catch up.
They found blood when they arrived at the World Logistics Center Parkway where the last call was made.
The police arrested Esparza in his Lakewood workplace on Aug. 21. Later that day, they found Vazquez’s body a few yards from the last location of her phone.