Former Police Cadet Arrested On Rape Charges

SANTA ANA (CBS) — A former police academy cadet and armored car company employee faced charges of sexually assaulting a prostitute, police said Wednesday.

Jose Luis Capacete, 39, of Baldwin Park, primarily targeted illegal immigrants and may be responsible for multiple rapes in Orange County, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Capacete made his first appearance in court Tuesday on felony charges of sodomy by force, oral copulation by force and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, according to court records. His arraignment was postponed until Feb. 9.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports a search of the suspect’s home uncovered several pieces of potential evidence including three handguns and a Taser gun.

Police also found “items that belong to six females not related to him,” Bertagna said.

Capacete was being held without bail.

He is accused of abducting a woman walking in the 300 block of South Harbor Boulevard on Dec. 24, taking her in his 2001 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van to the 1600 north block of Harbor, where he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman, Bertagna said.

“He bound the victim in the car, took her clothes off and when he was done with her he pushed her out of the car nude and threw her clothes on top of her,” Bertagna said.

Police connected Capacete to the crime through an undisclosed piece of evidence that ended up on the pile of clothes, Bertagna said.

Capacete was arrested Friday, Bertagna said.

He works for the Brinks company in Garden Grove, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether he was a security guard, Bertagna said, adding the suspect does have a gun permit.

Capacete also put himself through a police academy and has been applying for law enforcement jobs, Bertagna said. He has a prior arrest for solicitation of prostitution, Bertagna said.

Santa Ana investigators suspect he may be involved in another attack in Garden Grove, and they are working with Homeland Security officials on another case, Bertagna said.

After a search of his home on Friday, investigators suspect there may be several more victims, Bertagna said.

Anyone with information was asked to call (855) TIP-OCCS.

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  • I Put Cops In Jail

    One bad (cadet) cop down…more to go…

    one bad apple destroys the bunch.

    To violate the public’s trust in the name of the law, is beyond inexcusable. Throw his ass in jail. No law enforcement officer is above the law.

  • CW in L.A.

    They need to put his butt in the womens prison, and let them have a shot at him. We would not survive, he would be somebodies girlfriend very quickly. What a P.O.S.

    • Mel Gibson

      Women’s prison?? With all those candie aases. A life of sex all the time

  • Frank

    This ex cadet is of the possible Mexican bloodline.

    • Alex

      That’s racism you ass

    • Big John

      so what are you trying to say that your race has no perverts . at least us Chicano will handle ours when they get to the county jail. no other race can say the same you all make friends with them, break bread with them treat them like they are your long lost brother


    Only if Jose had $$$ to pay the Prostitutes, then it wouldn’t be rape.

    They turned him in coz he did not pay ’em.

    • Frank

      No, this is incorrect. the Mexican allows the infiltration.


    39 & still applying for Law Enforcement? I thought they have Age Limit? Unless he has a military background..

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  • Mike

    Most departments don’t have an age limit. You just have the pass their physical agility requirements. If you are 45 and can run a mile in 8 minutes, then you are probably in good shape.

  • Mike

    This guy was never a COP. He paid his way through a Police academy and never got hired.

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