ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Case # 15NF2479
Date: September 27, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced to 32 years to life in state prison today for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman outside of a Fullerton nightclub.
Defendant: Nelson Mauricio Lunaty Garcia, 34, Chino Hills
Found guilty by a jury on Sept. 6, 2017, of the following counts:
- Kidnapping to commit a sex offense
- Forcible oral copulation
- Sexual penetration by foreign object and force
- Sodomy by force
- Attempted forcible rape
- Attempted kidnapping to commit a sex offense
- Carrying loaded firearm on person or in vehicle in public place
- (4) Assault
- Sentencing Allegations Found True
- (3) Substantially increased risk of harm to the victim
- (3) Kidnapping
- 32 years to life in state prison
- Mandatory lifetime sex offender registration pursuant to PC 290
Circumstances of the Case
- On the night of Sept. 2, 2015, Garcia approached Jane Doe in the parking lot of the InCahoots nightclub in Fullerton.
- The defendant led the victim to believe he was a peace officer by asking Jane Doe 1 if she had been drinking, administering a fake “field sobriety test” using a tongue compressor and a Q-Tip, and forcing the victim into the backseat of his vehicle.
- Garcia kidnapped Jane Doe 1 by binding the victim’s hands together with zip ties to prevent her from escaping the car and driving for several miles.
- The defendant drove to a secluded location and sexually assaulted the victim, including but not limited to forcing the victim to orally copulate him, digitally penetrating, and sodomizing the victim.
- Garcia then returned the victim to the InCahoots parking lot.
- Earlier that same evening, Garcia also approached Jane Doe 2 while she was sitting in her car alone in the Incahoots parking lot.
- The defendant asked Jane Doe 2 whether she had been drinking, if she needed water, and if she needed a police escort home. Jane Doe 2 declined and drove away.
- On Sept. 9, 2015, two friends of Jane Doe 1 identified the defendant in the Incahoots parking lot and contacted the Fullerton Police Department (FPD), who investigated this case.
- FPD located and arrested the defendant at the scene along with a loaded gun, handcuffs, tongue depressors, Q-Tips, and zip ties, including cut zip ties on the rear floorboard of his vehicle.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Karyn Stokke, Sexual Assault Unit
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Michelle Van Der Linden,Spokesperson