NEWPORT BEACH — Police have arrested a man wanted for kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl in Fullerton while dressed as a clown.
Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 41, was arrested Friday morning in Newport Beach, more than nine years after the crime.
Detectives say a DNA match linked Jimenez to the kidnapping and rape, which happened Jan. 19, 2002.
Jimenez grabbed the girl from behind at the corner of Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton and drove her to a nearby school parking lot, where he raped her, Fullerton Police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said.
Fullerton police say Jimenez later took the girl to a motel off Harbor Boulevard, where he molested her again.
The girl escaped when Jimenez left the car to talk to a motel clerk. She told police her attacker was a Hispanic male, and was wearing a clown mask and clown makeup.