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Gang Member 12 Hours Out of Jail Arrested for Rape in L.A. Public Park Restroom

Police in Los Angeles arrested a man with known gang ties on charges of raping a woman in the restroom of a public park, court documents show.

Edgar Lobos, 27, was arrested after being identified by a 31-year-old rape victim about a day after she was attacked, police say.

The victim reported she was confronted by the suspect and forced at gunpoint into the bathroom of Lincoln Park on the evening of May 9.

The victim and witnesses who saw the abduction described distinctive tattoos on the suspect, leading police to Lobos. The suspect was found with a small hand gun, leading investigators to assume it was the same firearm he used to threaten the victim.

At a press conference announcing the arrest, police reported that Lobos had been released from prison a scant 12 hours before he allegedly raped the victim in the park bathroom. Lobos had just been released on probation from an earlier drug arrest.

LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division Capt. William Hayes noted that Lobos has “a rather lengthy criminal history” of vandalism, drug charges, and domestic violence. The suspect is also a known gang member with prominent tattoos on his face..

Lobos is being held in lieu of $1 million in bail and faces charges of kidnapping and rape.

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