Disabled woman prayed for her life during hours long rape: ‘God saved my life’

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FONTANA, CA – When a rapist broke into the residence of a 58-year-old disabled woman, she began praying aloud and telling her assailant, “I’m praying for you, God loves you.”

By some miracle, the woman was not slain by her attacker, and she believes it was because of her prayers that she’s alive today. 

The incident occurred at about 1:00 a.m. on June 1st. Through an unlocked window, the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Raul Christopher Alzaga, gained access to the victim’s first-floor apartment.

Reportedly, Alzaga stayed inside of the apartment for hours, continuously sexually assaulting the disabled woman. 

Authorities apprehended Alzaga the day after the assault, who police say is a documented gang member who was on felony probation. 

According to Fontana Police Public Information Officer Kevin Anderson, Algaza had broken into another person’s home before setting his sights on the residence where the 58-year-old woman was raped: 

“He actually entered another victim’s house through an open door, that victim screamed and then a family member scared him off, and then shortly after he entered that second victim’s house where he committed that violent sexual assault.”

Security footage captured Alzaga checking to see if doors were unlocked in the residential area, with the suspect wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “stop snitching.”

The victim’s daughter stated that the assailant was able to gain entry into the apartment via an unsecured widow: 

“He found a window that he popped out the screen and came in.”

The victim and her daughter believe that through the power of prayer that she was not killed that evening: 

“She was able to survive this attack by praying, by speaking to this individual words of prayer and that’s why she is alive with us today.”

When cops attempted to apprehend Alzaga, he allegedly led them on a brief chase. When police were about to take him into custody, Public Information Officer Anderson says that the suspect attempted to take his own life: 

“He took out a knife on his person. He started to cut his own throat while officers are trying to apprehend him.”

Remarkably, Alzaga didn’t die. He was said to be at an area hospital recovering as charges against him are pending.  

With respect to the victim, who is paralyzed from the waist down, she says that she doesn’t feel safe inside of her apartment anymore. Her family has established a GoFundMe in an effort to help raise funds so that she can find a new place to live. 

The victim’s daughter says that, given the opportunity to speak with Alzaga, she’d tell him the following: 

“Thank you for not killing my mom. God loves you, repent for your sins. Don’t ever hurt anybody like this again.”

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Back in April, Law Enforcement Today reported on another disturbing crime stemming from California, where authorities say a man released from jail had raped his former girlfriend after just one day from being released. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SANTA ANA, CA– One day after being released from jail, 20-year-old Lizandro Diaz Salgado ignored and disobeyed protectives orders by carjacking, kidnapping, and raping an ex-girlfriend in Placentia, say police.

According to officials, Salgado allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend outside her home before kidnapping her and raping her in her own car. In a news release, Placentia police said that the victim had already obtained a domestic violence restraining order against Salgado. 

Officials learned of the horrible incident around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13th, when a woman called to report that she suspected her daughter had been kidnapped from the area of Jefferson Street and Orangethorpe Avenue.

Offices were able to locate a witness at the scene who said that they had seen the woman being forced into her car and driven off. by a man several hours before. Reportedly, while on scene, the victim returned on foot and said she had just been “let go” by her kidnapper, who she proceeded to identify as her ex-boyfriend, Salgado.

She informed the investigators that Salgado ran up behind her earlier that morning when she was walking to her vehicle. She was able to barricade herself in her car, but Salgado jumped on the hood and began battering the windshield until it shattered.

According to police, the victim exited the vehicle and tried to run for safety, but Salgado grabbed her by the hair, pulled her into the vehicle and fled. He reportedly drove the car to the back of a commercial complex in the City of Placentia where he sexually assaulted the victim.

Detectives said that Salgado drove back to the area where he abducted the victim and released her is response to her continued pleas. However, he then drove off with her vehicle.

Police were unable to locate Salgado until April 14th, after spotting the victims vehicle parked and unoccupied in Anaheim. Detectives found and arrested him after he was observed riding a bicycle around La Palma Avenue and Sunkist Street.

Salgado was reportedly on probation and has a history of violence in addition to the active restraining order the victim had obtained against him. In September 2020, Salgado pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order and was sentenced to six months in jail.

He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of assault with a firearm in December 2019 and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to participate in a treatment program.

On April 5th, Salgado pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of contempt of court for disobeying court orders. He was sentenced to eight days in jail, but was released on Monday, April 12th, as credit for time served.

According to court records, he has now been charged with single counts each of rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object, kidnapping, carjacking, criminal threats, stalking with a restraining order, contempt of a domestic violence order with a prior conviction, domestic battery causing injury with a prior conviction for violence, and violation of a protective order within one year of a prior conviction. 

Police said he is being held without bail. The victim was treated at a local hospital and survived her injuries. 

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