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Man accused of raping unconscious girl nine years ago

August 20, 2011 |  7:54 am

A 33-year-old Van Nuys man was arrested Thursday after his DNA was allegedly linked to the 2002 rape of an unconscious 16-year-girl in a South Glendale motel, police said.

The Tri-Cities Fugitive Apprehension task force arrested Armen Shakhbazyan about 5 p.m. Thursday after tracking him to an auto body shop in Van Nuys, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. He faces two felony counts of rape of an unconscious victim and willful harm or injury to a child likely to produce great bodily harm, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.

Lorenz told the Burbank Leader that the then-16-year-old girl reported she was raped in May 2002 by a man at the El Rio Motel on the 1500 block of East Colorado Street.

The girl’s recollection of the rape was vague because she was unconscious during the attack, he said.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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