The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Airport Branch has filed charges on Fernando Venancio Jr., a 43-year-old male from Lynwood CA., for his involvement in a series of robberies and sexual assaults that occurred in Santa Monica.
On July 22, at about 4:16 p.m., officers from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to a radio call for service at the 800 block of 18th Street regarding an unknown trouble in which a struggle could be heard over an open 9-1-1 call. When officers arrived, they spoke with the victim of a robbery and an attempt sexual assault. Following a search for the suspect, officers located the suspect at the 900 block of 19th Street. The suspect was taken into police custody and booked at SMPD Jail.
Following a preliminary investigation, SMPD Detectives have been able to link Venancio to two other incidents, a sexual assault occurred at the 800 block of 18th Street on June 16 and a sexual assault and robbery occurred in the area of 17th Street and Santa Monica Blvd on July 12.
Venancio has been charged with multiple counts of rape, robbery and assault. He is being held without bail.
Anyone with any information related to these incidents or any other similar incident is encouraged to contact Detective Murphy at 310-458-8941; Detective Carrillo 310-458-8983; or Sergeant Art Williams at 310-458-8475.