Crime

Police: Tattoo Shop Owner Raped Female Customer (Photo)

| by Michael Howard
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The owner of a tattoo shop in California is accused of sexually assaulting a female customer while she was getting a tattoo -- and now, they think he may have also done the same to other victims.

Henry Camarena, 43, was arrested and charged with rape on June 16, according to KTLA. He was booked into West Valley Detention Center and is being held on $500,000 bail.

A press release from the Hesperia Police Department and posted on Nixle.com states that the alleged incident occurred at Team Art Collective Tattoo on May 31. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, called police on June 1 to report that she had been sexually assaulted while receiving a tattoo from Camarena.

The Hesperia Detective Bureau opened an investigation and a warrant was granted to search Camarena's tattoo shop. There, investigators reportedly discovered evidence that supported the woman's allegations. A warrant was then issued for Camarena's arrest.

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Police found Camarena at a residence in Baldwin Park, California, and placed him under arrest without incident.

The press release does not provide details of the alleged assault, and nor does it elaborate on the type of evidence found in Camarena's business.

Based on the circumstances of the alleged crime, police suspect that Camarena may have assaulted other customers, as well.

In 2015, a woman was kidnapped and raped by a man she met on Facebook who promised to give her a free tattoo. Authorities said the man, Jason Brakebill, drove the victim to a private residence where he drugged her with methamphetamine and Klonopin.

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In addition to raping her, Brakebill held the victim at the residence for four days against her will. She managed to escape when Brakebill passed out.

Brakebill was later charged with felony rape and false imprisonment.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), one out of six women in the United States has been the victim of sexual assault at some point in her life. Girls between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely to experience rape, attempted rape or sexual assault than the general population. Female college students between the ages of 18 and 24, meanwhile, are three times more likely to be victimized by sexual assault than women in general.

On average, 321,500 people over the age of 12 are sexually assaulted in the United States every year.

Sources: KTLA, Nixle.com, KCRA, RAINN / Photo credit: Pixabay, Hesperia Police Department via KTLA

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