SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Authorities have linked a man arrested in connection with the rape of a woman along the I-5 through a DNA match this morning, authorities said.
About 36 hours after he was taken into custody, the Orange County Sheriff Department's crime lab matched a DNA sample taken from the crime scene and a sample taken from Alejandro Martinez Leyva, a 25-year-old resident of San Juan Capistrano, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Sheriff's Department.
The rape occurred early Saturday when the woman was in a solo crash in the southbound lanes of I-5 in San Juan Capistrano, near the Junipero Serra Road exit, authorities said. Her car was disabled on the shoulder when she called a friend for help at 2:30 a.m., just before an older sedan stopped in front of her car.
Authorities said Leyva offered to help, but when she refused, he threw the phone from her hand and forced her into the front seat of the car, where he raped her.
The woman's friend was looking for her and contacted a California Highway Patrol officer who was making an unrelated stop on the freeway. The officer and the friend spotted the woman at 3:39 a.m. inside the car, wearing only a black shirt.
Hmm. There's something else that's pertinent to this story, but I can't seem to place a finger on it...
Oh...here it is. In the last paragraph of the story:
Leyva was in custody with an immigration hold, Amormino said. He's expected to make his first appearance in court today.