St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara asks for public's help to located second suspect in eight-year-old sexual battery case
Using DNA and a national database, St. Lucie County Sheriff's detectives have obtained arrest warrants for one suspect in a March 2004 sexual battery case, and Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is asking for the public's help to find a co-defendant.
"Edgar Perez, 30 (DOB 5/21/1981), is currently confined on Florida's west coast on unrelated charges," Sheriff Mascara said. "We have obtained arrest warrants for him for the sexual battery of a St. Lucie County woman who was in her early 30s in March 2004 when assaulted by Mr. Perez."
The Sheriff continued, "A second suspect, a Hispanic male, drove a black Nissan or Chevrolet SUV in the abduction and sexual battery of the victim. The SUV had a license tag with the word 'Orlando' on it in blue and white letters. We don't know if it was a license tag or a decorative tag.
"I am asking anyone with information to call 9-1-1 in St. Lucie County, or Sheriff's detective offices at 772-462-3230. If people want to give their tips anonymously and be eligible for a cash reward if the tip leads to an arrest, I am asking that they call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 (TIPS), or visit the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers website tcwatch.org," Sheriff Mascara said.
Here are the details of the case:
On March 28, 2004, a patrol deputy responded to an address in the Silver Lake Estates area of unincorporated St. Lucie County (east of Oleander Avenue, West of U.S.1 and south of Edwards Road) for a missing persons call. A female victim in her early 30s hadn't been seen in the past 24 hours.
She had not been seen at her workplace since the day before.
The night of March 28, 2004, family members of the victim received a phone call from her. She was calling from Tifton, Ga. (in south central Georgia ), where her captors released her at a grocery store. Tifton Police interviewed the victim.
She said she was getting ready for work when she heard a knock at her front door. She opened the door, and Perez forced his way into the home before she could shut the door on him. He pulled a handgun and forced her into an SUV.
A Hispanic male drove, and Perez held the victim captive in the back seat of the car.
She told police that Perez raped her repeatedly before he and his co-defendant left her at a grocery store in Tifton, Ga.
Last month, DNA in a federally-maintained database was matched to Perez. The database, "Combined DNA Index System," is known by its acronym "CODIS."
Sheriff's detectives are now trying to identify and locate the co-defendant.
More information about CODIS is available at the FBI's website at this address:
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Edgar Perez has been arrested in the case
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