Update: Sheriff requesting public’s help with sexual assault investigation
Update posted July 13, 2021:
Detectives believe suspect may have committed similar crimes in the past
-The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help with the investigation into a sexual assault which occurred in Cambria a few weeks ago.
On July 2, Jesus Barajas Valdovinos was arrested in the 4000 block of Burton Drive in Cambria for multiple felony sexual assault-related charges including rape and kidnapping. This crime occurred on a walking path in Cambria near Windsor Boulevard and Highway 1.
Through the course of the investigation, sheriff’s detectives believe the suspect may have committed or attempted to commit similar crimes in the past. Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying any other potential victims. If you or someone you know had unwanted contact with Barajas Valdovinos please contact the Sheriff’s Detective Division at (805) 781-4500. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling (805) 549-STOP (7867) or through their website: www.slotips.org.
Original story posted July 3, 2021:
Female victim attacked on hiking trail
–Last Sunday, a sexual assault occurred when a female victim was attacked while on the Santa Rosa Creek hiking trail south of Windsor Boulevard in Cambria. The victim was dragged off the trail by a male suspect who was unknown to her. The suspect held the victim against her will and sexually assaulted the victim over the next several hours before leaving her and fleeing the area. The victim notified the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office the morning after the assault occured.
Detectives immediately began an investigation and were able to collect DNA evidence which was processed using the ANDE Rapid DNA instrument to develop a DNA profile of the suspect. This is the first time the sheriff’s office has used the ANDE Rapid DNA instrument in a criminal investigation. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify a likely suspect as 31-year-old Jesus Barajas Valdovinos of Cambria.
Following a positive ID of Barajas Valdovinos by the victim, the sheriff’s office saturated the Cambria area with both marked and unmarked patrol units while detectives continued their investigation and attempted to locate Barajas Valdovinos. On Friday, detectives arrested Barajas Valdovinos in the 4000 block of Burton Drive and he was transported to San Luis Obispo County Jail.