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Man arrested in Forestville rape

A masked man who sneaked up behind a woman walking on a Forestville road, held a knife to her and then raped her at nearby El Molino High School was in custody Tuesday morning, Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Ruben Martinez said.

Videotape taken from the high school’s new security cameras and a distinctive tattoo of a shrunken voodoo head helped sheriff’s deputies make the arrest.

Suspect David Kocalis, 24, was arrested Sunday morning while driving in Forestville. He was being held at the Sonoma County Jail without bail and is suspected of five felonies, including rape and kidnapping, stemming from Saturday night’s alleged assault.

The 18-year-old victim initially didn’t recognize the suspect because of the mask, but after being shown a photo of him told detectives Tuesday she’d met him a few times, Martinez said.

Whether she was targeted because he knew her or if the attack was random remained under investigation, he said.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. Saturday. The woman had been walking on Covey Road, headed home, and was near the school when she was grabbed from behind by the armed man, she told deputies.

She said he wore a black nylon mask pulled down over his head and that he forced her to the east side of the school’s tennis courts, next to a small shed.

The assault could have lasted up to 20 minutes, Martinez said.

She went home afterward and called for help at about 11 p.m., reporting she’d been raped.

The woman said her attacker had driven off campus in a black SUV. Video surveillance tape showed it was a black Porsche SUV.

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