January 13, 2008
Chandler, AZ - (The Weekly Vice) - Santana Batiz-Aceves, a 39 year old, twice-deported illegal immigrant with a criminal record of drug related offenses was arrested at him Chandler home on suspicion that he is the Chandler Rapist police have been looking for.
For 18 months authorities have sought to uncover the identity of the rapist believed to have sexually assaulted five girls in the area. They found what they believed to be their man as he prepared to flee the state.
Batiz-Aceves, a heavy equipment operator by trade, was in the process of loading up his vehicle when police arrived at his home to administer a court ordered DNA test.
Police say the case took an optimistic turn when when a Chandler task force spotted Batiz-Aceves' car. It was a match to the car described by an eyewitness who described seeing a white Toyota Tercel at one of the rape scenes.
Policed pulled the car over and spotted a jacket that witnesses had described as belonging to the rapist. Police kept a close eye on Bazis-Aceves after he refused to submit to a DNA test. Finally, they obtained a court order for the DNA test and arrived at Batiz-Aceves' home to expedite the court order to obtain his DNA.
Batiz-Aceves was originally suspected of 'Identity Theft' and for providing false information from the earlier stop that police made. The man is being held without bond.
The DNA test linked Batiz-Aceves to three of the rapes police attributed to the Chandler Rapist.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
So, how does one who is an illegal alien, a drug offender, and a twice-deported man end up living comfortably with a family in Arizona?
Formerly, Arizona was well known as a border state with a heart for Illegal aliens. Recently, Arizona has become notably more aggressive on the issues of illegal immigration. There have been reports in Arizona that many illegals had returned to Mexico to celebrate Christmas and have decided not to return.
We applaud the work of authorities here that were able to catch on quickly to the real identity of this man (he originally used a fake name with them).
They walked a tightrope between respecting the man's civil rights as a potential citizen, yet were able get a rapists DNA before he fled back over the border. I would imagine this all occurred within a matter of hours. Great work to Chandler Police Dept.
Not such a great job for the State Of Arizona who played host to a man for almost 2 years while he raped one US Citizen after another. The man would have had worked some place or sought medical treatment at some time for his family among many other things.
Arizona tax payers footed the bill for a man to live openly among them - while he raped them at will. It's an amazing stretch of the imagination, no matter where you fall politically. photo credit: Darryl Webb, Tribune
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