Clearlake man suspected of rape
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8:51 a.m.
Clearlake police have arrested a 49-year-old local man on suspicion of raping a female acquaintance Sunday evening.
Police said the woman reported hanging out with the suspect and drinking alcohol with mutual friends Saturday night.
On Sunday, the victim and the suspect, described as “Eric,” were "hanging out when she decided to go to bed because she was feeling the effects of the alcohol from the night before,” according to a police press statement.
“She was awakened from her sleep with 'Eric' on top of her having intercourse with her,” the statement read.
Police investigations led to identifying the suspect as Eric Vangelder of Clearlake. Police could not locate Vangelder and the case was turned over to a police detective.
On Monday at 12:55 a.m. a police officer found Vangelder while investigating a suspicious vehicle on the 7000 block of Old Highway 53. Vangelder was arrested on suspicion of rape and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.
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