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Man held in rape, robbery at hotel

December 29, 2007|Susannah Rosenblatt

A man suspected of raping and robbing a woman in her Ontario hotel room after posing as a security guard was arrested Thursday night, authorities said Friday.

Francisco Santiago Ramos, 31, was arrested at his home in Pomona and charged with rape, robbery and penetration with a foreign object, Ontario Police Sgt. David McBride said.

Ramos saw the woman, whom he apparently did not know, in the hotel parking lot on Christmas Eve, police said.

She later let him into her room at the West Coast Inn in the 1200 block of North Grove Avenue after he identified himself as a security guard, McBride said.

Detectives tracked Ramos down using information provided by a tipster who had seen a televised broadcast of surveillance video.

Ramos was in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on $600,000 bail. An arraignment is scheduled for next week.

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-- Susannah Rosenblatt

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