Sacramento Man Convicted of Kidnapping, Assault With Intend to Rape

A Sacramento man was convicted this morning following a trial at Sacramento Superior Court on charges that he kidnapped his victim with intent to sexually assault her.

On August 6, 2015, at approximately midnight, a woman was walking down Stockton Boulevard when Thomas Chavez pulled up behind her in his car. He jumped out of his car, grabbed her from behind, held an ice pick to her neck and forced her into his car. 

Chavez took the victim behind a nearby store when CHP officers who were nearby observed the activity and went to investigate. The officers shined their light into the vehicle and heard the woman screaming for help and Chavez was arrested soon after. 

Judge Laurel White found Chavez guilty of kidnapping and assault to commit rape. In addition, the court found Chavez had suffered prior convictions for sexual assault in 1988. 

Chavez faces a sentence of 30 years to life in state prison. Sentencing is set for June 2, 2017 at 9 a.m. in Dept 10.


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