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Man wanted in Santa Ana rape case arrested after illegally entering U.S. from Mexico

November 24, 2010 |  8:32 pm

An illegal immigrant wanted on a rape charge in Santa Ana was arrested after he entered the United States from Mexico, authorities said Wednesday night.

Ismael Calixto Ortiz was apprehended Monday  after a scuffle with Border Patrol agents in Imperial Beach, authorities said. Ortiz allegedly tried to grab the holstered gun of one of the agents.

Ortiz is accused of entering a Santa Ana woman's home in January 2005 through an unlocked sliding glass door, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. The woman was sleeping with her children at the time.

"He rapes her and tells her if she screams or talks or calls anybody after he was done, he would kill the kids," Bertagna said. "He was on the run ever since."

Authorities plan to return him to Santa Ana to face charges.

-- Robert J. Lopez