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Suspect in kidnapping and assault of 8-year-old girl had previous criminal record, authorities said

Gregorio_Gonzalez A suspect was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of an 8-year-old Fresno girl, who managed to escape early Tuesday after a Good Samaritan driver recognized the suspect’s pickup truck from media reports and cut it off, police said.

The young girl, who was wearing a purple sweatshirt with “Winnie the Pooh” on the front, was abducted from her family’s home about 8:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

“We are all happy and thankful,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said during a 1 p.m. news conference. “This outcome could have been a lot worse.”

The suspect was identified as Gregorio Gonzalez, 24, of Fresno, Dyer said. He had been previously arrested for possession of a sawed-off shotgun and for domestic violence, and was on felony probation, he said.

Police had received a report shortly before the kidnapping of a man with a similar description and vehicle exposing himself to young girls nearby, Dyer said. The man got into a pickup and drove away with his lights out, he said. The mother of one girl chased him on foot but did not catch him.

Dyer said he could not comment on any evidence found inside the suspect’s truck. 

“We did not locate any weapons, firearms,” he said.

Patricia Cardenas, who attended the news conference, said her daughter was happy to be home and her family was thankful for the driver who helped rescue her.

“It was a long night … experiencing all the experiences she was going through,” she said.

-- Diana Marcum in Fresno

Photo: An undated booking photo of kidnapping suspect Gregorio Gonzalez. Credit: Fresno Police Department

 
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Okay, to quote "previously arrested for possession of a sawed-off shotgun and for domestic violence, and was on felony probation," DOES THIS MEAN HE WILL GO TO JAIL FOREVER? Or does it mean he gets another slap on the wrist and gets his ticket to join the gang that he was affiliated with? I am sick and tired of these thugs getting away with these crimes, we need to execute the death sentences when handed down by a jury. NO APPEALS!!! We need to rid the prisons of the career criminals NOW!!!

So, is Gregorio Gonzalez, 24, of Fresno, a legal resident or an illegal alien?

Kudos to Good Sam! Awesome job!

When will we know what - if anything - was done to this innocent child at the hands of this animal???

It means that some sorry excuse of a lawyer will take his case and convince the court to plea bargain him down to something stupid like disturbing the peace because his mother didn't breast feed him or he's had a hard life or some other ignorant excuse and he will be back out on the streets in a couple of months.

Viva SB1070

There are approximately 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States. This staggering statistic, rarely mentioned by the media, was revealed in a study by Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. "It is clear," she says, "that the U.S. public faces a dangerous threat from sex predators who cross the U.S. borders illegally." What's more, she adds, "Then they gradually commit worse crimes and are continually released back into society or deported. Those who were deported simply returned illegally again."

One of the Spanish voter from Obama's list!
How do call him? undocumented or illegal alien?

When does the One Strike Law take effect? I think we have a really good candidate here in Senor Gonzalez. No parole. EVER. Life in prison. It is completely a miracle this little girl wasn't buried in a shallow grave in an orchid somewhere with this thug walking free. Who is the next victim? If he is ever set free there will be another victim.

In a perfect world, we could throw a lot of money and maybe eventually rehabilitate him and then he could become a contributing member of society. But the fact is, we don't have the money to rehab these guys, and because it would be cruel to lock 'em up long enough for them to mend their ways, we let 'em go. And they rape and kill our children. In our attempt to be civilized, we're creating an uncivilized society. Out bloated criminal justice system takes money from the front end, from the schools and parental support needed to get these kids on the right road.

In some ways, fronier justice is the most evolved of all. The gavel falls, a man is hung, and that's that. Society doesn't burden itself keeping child killers alive and in comfort, with three hots and a cot...and HDTV, recreation areas, conjugal visits....

This PEDO is facing three very serious felonies he committed while on felony probation; I can almost garantee he gets life in prison. A life that will be short and painful after his fellow inmates discover he kidnapped and raped a litte girl. His gang members won't help him, in fact they will most likely want to kill him as well.

Good Job Victor Perez... We need more heros like you that saved a little 8 year old girl. This child molester will get his due in state prison once in general population. Trust me within 30 days this child molester is a dead man walking. Not even his gang members won't even save him.

Mr. Gonzalez is a dead man walking.

Didn't the Govenor sign the 1 strike law for child molesters? This new law should fit this anaminal

Gee what a surprise yet "another" POS kicked loose early or to soon...seems this Jail population reduction plan is working really well...especially for the criminals.

No he is not illegal! Just because his name is Gonzalez you ignorant people have to ASSume he is illegal. Did we forget the story about the little girl who was hurt. The only thing I can say is Texas has the death penalty!


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