By Cathy Locke
A Sacramento Superior Court jury has convicted a 34-year-old man of rape, false imprisonment and infliction of great bodily injury in the sexual assaults of two women in 2009.
The first assault occurred Jan. 24, 2009, in the area of 19th and K streets in Sacramento, when Domingo Garcia Vargas grabbed a woman, threw her to the ground, punched her in the face multiple times, raped her, then fled, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The victim suffered a fractured bone under her eye, bruising and swelling to her face and mouth, and a painful abrasion and bump on the back of her head, among other injuries.
The woman submitted to a sexual assault examination, in which Vargas' DNA profile was found.
The second assault occurred June 7, 2009. The victim was in her parked car the area of Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento. She awoke to find Vargas on top of her, covering her mouth and applying pressure to her throat. During the attack, Vargas sexually assaulted her.
The woman was able to fight and get out of the car while Vargas fled on his bicycle. A nearby security guard chased Vargas, who abandoned his bicycle and a backpack.
The following day, the victim found in the back seat of her car a hat that did not belong to her and that had not been there before the assault. Forensic testing of the hat by the District Attorney's Crime Lab revealed Vargas' DNA profile, and his fingerprints were found on the abandoned bicycle. Officials said Vargas' DNA from the crime scenes were matched to his DNA in the state DNA database.
Vegas is to be sentenced March 25 before Judge Delbert Oros.
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