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Suspect in Rapes Faces 57 Counts

The Region | IN BRIEF / SIMI VALLEY

August 01, 2001

A suspected serial rapist was charged with 57 criminal counts Tuesday for allegedly kidnapping, raping and violently assaulting 11 women in Simi Valley during the past five years.

Vincent Sanchez, a 30-year-old part-time movie studio employee, appeared briefly in Ventura County Superior Court but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was postponed to Aug. 10.

Sanchez is being held on $1-million bail. Prosecutors will ask a judge this week to hold him without bail, however, saying he poses a threat to the community.

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