Visalia Teen Accused of Raping Two Women

July 31, 2009 6:30:34 PM PDT
A teenager is under arrest accused of raping two women in Visalia.Nineteen-year old Artis Hooks was arrested on home invasion, robbery and rape charges.

Police say Hooks broke into an apartment near the corner of Central Street and Tulare Avenue in Visalia and raped two women.

Police say the women were randomly targeted. The crime happened almost two weeks ago, but Hooks was just arrested last night. Police tracked him down after dusting for fingerprints at the women's apartment.

Sgt. Ernie Villa said, "Those fingerprints were then sent to the lab and the suspects name popped up after the fingerprints identified him as being at the scene."

Investigators say they haven't had a pair of random rapes in Visalia in about four years.

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