Man who allegedly raped developmentally disabled woman to be arraigned

He is being held on $55,000 bail.

INDIO, Calif.- - A Bermuda Dunes man accused of raping a developmentally disabled woman was due to appear in court today on three felony counts related to sexual assault.
Gabriel Ortiz, 24, is accused of sexually assaulting the 20-year-old woman, identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, who investigators say ``functions at the competency of a 12-year-old girl,'' according to court documents. She also suffers from seizures, cerebral palsy and ADHD, according to an arrest warrant declaration, which states investigators ``recognized the victim did not possess the cognitive abilities of adults her age, and had the mannerisms of a preadolescent child.''

Sheriff's deputies were contacted by staff at Eisenhower Medical Center on Jan. 5 and spoke with the victim, who told investigators the assault happened the previous night at Ortiz's apartment, the declaration states.

Ortiz was booked in Indio Jail on five felony charges, including rape, sexual battery, and terrorist threats on October 5. 

Ortiz, who had active felony warrants for the rape case and a domestic violence case, was arrested Thursday night after allegedly running from deputies who spotted him in Palm Desert. Deputies from the Palm Desert and Thermal stations gave chase, along with California Highway Patrol units and Ortiz was eventually taken into custody near the intersection of Avenue 41 and Washington Street in Bermuda Dunes, deputies said.
He was being held in lieu of $55,000 bail at the Riverside County jail in Indio.

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