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Elderly woman raped, violently attacked by convicted felon in Hesperia

Jenks is on 3-year supervised probation for Felon in Poss of a Firearm, as a result of California AB 109.

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — A 40-year-old Hesperia man out on supervised probation as a result of AB-109, was arrested for allegedly raping an elderly woman, kidnapping and elder abuse, officials said.

At about 4:15 am, on June 29, 2018, deputies with the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station responded to a reported rape incident that had just occurred at an undisclosed location.

“Deputies arrived on scene and located the victim, a 69-year-old female who was suffering from injuries associated with a sexual assault and other serious blunt force trauma injuries,” stated sheriff’s officials in a news release.

The victim was transported to a hospital for advanced treatment of her injuries and is expected to recover.

According to the release, “it was determined that the suspect gained entry into the residence and contacted the victim in her bedroom while she slept, where he violently attacked her for a period of time before fleeing the scene.”

Evidence collected at the scene identified the suspect as Howard Jenks and a $575,000 arrest warrant was obtained. It was also determined he was an associate of a family member of the victims and he was familiar with the victim and the residence, officials said.

“With the assistance of the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division and Sheriff’s Aviation, Jenks was located at a small trailer encampment in a remote, unincorporated area of south Hesperia near Summit Valley Road. Jenks was taken into custody without incident and later booked at the High Desert Detention Center for Kidnapping, Rape, and Elder Abuse charges. Search warrants were served at Jenks remote encampment and on a vehicle, where additional evidence believed to be related to the case was recovered,” stated the release.

Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if there may be other victims of similar incidents involving the suspect, but at this time it is believed to be an isolated incident.

Detectives learned Howard Jenks is on three-year supervised probation for Felon in Possession of a Firearm as a result of California Assembly Bill 109.

As part of Governor Jerry Brown’s Realignment Plan, or Assembly Bill 109, offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced sentences in county jails and place some offenders on local supervision through county Probation as California complies with a U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the state to lower its prison population.

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