DNA Leads To Arrest Of A Clown Who Allegedly Raped A Girl In 2002

FULLERTON (CBS) — A man who allegedly kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl while dressed as a clown nine years ago was taken into custody Friday by Fullerton police.

jose guadalupe jimenez DNA Leads To Arrest Of A Clown Who Allegedly Raped A Girl In 2002

(credit: Fullerton Police Department)

Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 41, was arrested in Newport Beach on a warrant alleging two felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor.

Jimenez is accused of grabbing the girl at Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue just before midnight on Jan. 19, 2002, and driving her to a nearby school parking lot, where he raped her while wearing a clown mask and makeup, according to Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich.

Jimenez later took the youngster to a motel on Harbor Boulevard and molested her again, Goodrich alleged. The girl got away when he left the car to talk to the motel clerk, according to the sergeant.

The case went cold for years, as the only physical description police had was a Latino man in a clown mask and makeup, Goodrich said.

Investigators got a break when Jimenez was arrested in 2010 and a DNA sample was collected, Goodrich said. That led to a DNA match in February to the evidence in the rape case, he said.

Jimenez is a professional clown who goes by the moniker “El Tin Larin,” Goodrich said. Investigators are concerned there may be more victims as Jimenez has worked as a clown for the past nine years, he said.

Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call Detective Kathryn Hamel at (714) 738-5327.

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  1. Rick says:

    Another poster child for all the chest thumping ‘We are taking over’ circuit. Someone you guys can be proud of!!

    1. android says:

      What a clown!

  2. JR says:

    I was told when a man goes to jail his back side is the size of a dime and when he gets out it is the size of a beer can. Hope he has lots of fun when other men treat him like he treated that little girl, He is trash and need to be beaten to a pulp.

  3. Marco says:

    50 Million Strong and Counting………

    1. Rick says:

      Approximately 48-49 Million are losers and bring nothing to the table, except maybe a strawberry.

      1. berry says:

        and you ate the strawberry

  4. Marcus says:

    He didn’t rape this girl while performing his work as a clown, and police should know if any other girls were attacked while we was working at parties or whatever, so the second-to-last paragraph is typical police BS.

    Obviously, many people caught after committing any type of crime may have done it other times to other victims, and it has little to do with the type of crime or the perp’s occupation.

    1. Doreen says:

      Actually the article says he raped her at or around midnight while dressed as a clown and in clown makeup. It stands to reason, if he is working at a clown, perhaps he stalks these children while working and perhaps comes back to their home area and gets them later, afterhours. They probably will match up a lot more victims if they can see where all his clown parties were located and see if any of the kids at those homes have been raped or molested.

  5. Doreen says:

    What was a 12 year old doing outside by herself at midnight? Where were her parents? I’m glad they have to take their DNA when arrested, it clears up a lot of cases which otherwise might not be and helps get these horrible people off the streets.

  6. Randy says:

    No one deserves this, and he should get life with no parole, any convicted child molester should. but “just before midnight on Jan. 19, 2002”. What was she doing out and where were her parents? Parents, please keep an eye on your kids, where they are and who they are hanging out with

  7. freethinker says:

    who is this bozo

  8. Mexicans Work Harder Than You says:

    Un payaso muy malo.

  9. fish wrap says:

    What is it with Mexicans and having sex with kids

    1. mister s says:

      White guys molest kids just as often if not more.

  10. jim says:

    those kind of sick people should be kill onsilte.

  11. Jebbie says:

    Celebrate differences.

    Just don’t notice them.

  12. Saber 1 says:

    Put him in general population and announce he is a child molester.

  13. PAOLA RODRIGUEZ says:

    JUST CUZ IS A CLOWN THEYRE MAKING A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT…(AFTER 9YRS) POLICE REALLY SUCKS HERE!!! BUT OH WELL IF IT WAS ANYONE ELSE THEY WOULD JST SEE IT AS ANOTHER COMMON RAPE!
    BUT NOOO….IT IS A CLOWN N NOW PEOPLE IS JUDGING ALL CLOWNS IN GENERAL!! N SHOULDNT BE THAT WAY..THERES ALOT OF CLOWNS OUT THERE THAT GOTTA WORK HARD FOR THEIR FAMILIES…N IF “TIN LARIN” DID WATEVER HE DID…DOESNT MEAN =ALL= CLOWNS ARE THE SAME!!

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