Clown arrested in 2002 kidnap, rape of 12-year-old girl
Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 41, of Anaheim, was arrested in connection with the crimes that occurred just before midnight on Jan. 19, 2002, when a man dressed as a clown kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl in Fullerton.
The suspect grabbed the girl from the corner of Lemon and Commonwealth, drove her to a nearby school parking lot and raped her, said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department.
The man then took her to a motel off Harbor Boulevard and molested her again. The girl escaped when he left the car to speak with the motel clerk.
When the police conducted their investigation in 2002, the only physical description was a male Latino in a clown mask and wearing clown makeup.
Goodrich said Jimenez was arrested in 2010 on other charges, and his DNA was submitted to the database.
Detectives learned last month they had a hit, confirming that Jimenez was the suspect in the 2002 case. Jimenez was arrested in Newport Beach.
They learned he has been working as a professional clown for the last nine years, using the name “El Tin Larin." He is described as 5-feet-6 and 195 pounds with brown hair and eyes.
“Who knows how many other possible victims there might be?" Goodrich said. "We’re hoping that any past victims might recognize him, both with or without his clown makeup, and come forward."
Police are asking anyone with information to call Det. Kathryn Hamel at (714) 738-5327 or the front desk at (714) 738-6715.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Jose Guadalupe Jimenez as a clown, right, and in his arrest picture. Credit: Fullerton Police Department.