Sex offender arrested for rape, kidnapping

By Shelli DeRobertis

VISTA – After a 16-hour manhunt for a parolee sex offender who allegedly sexually assaulted two young women he lived next to and kidnapping one of them, authorities arrested the suspect, May 31 at an Oceanside motel without incident, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The kidnapping victim had been missing since May 30 at about 11 p.m., and was returned to the Vista area at about 9 a.m. the next day after being held at knifepoint by Jeremy Stutzman, authorities said.
Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, 33, was arrested May 31 at 3:25 p.m. at 909 N. Coast Highway 101 in Oceanside, and the missing vehicle that belonged to one of the two victims was also recovered.
He is expected to be arraigned in a Vista court, June 2, and faces seven charges, including kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment with violence.
Deputies were called out to the apartment complex at 2130 S. Santa Fe Drive, May 31 when a sexual assault was reported, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies.
That report was made by a 20-year-old female victim who said she had been raped by Stutzman. She said that her 19-year-old friend had also been sexually assaulted and kidnapped by Stutzman, and that he had forced her friend into her car, according to authorities.
While police had been searching for the whereabouts of Stutzman, they said he was considered armed and dangerous.
“We are aware he is on a parole hold for a sexual assault and we also believe he is armed with a large hunting-type knife,” said Lt. Larry Nesbit of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail.
Stutzman is on the Megan’s Law website for the crime of sexual battery, and he is described as an American Indian, 6 foot 1 inch tall, 192 pounds and born on Feb. 17, 1978.
Before his arrest, detectives had obtained a search warrant for Stutzman’s apartment.
Andrea Cunningham is a resident of the apartment complex, and said she has lived there with her son for six months, and that Stutzman had only recently moved in about one month ago.
“I’m very surprised … I’m very worried,” she said after hearing that he was a registered sex offender and a suspect in two rape crimes.
She said that the apartment’s management did not notify tenants that a registered sex offender had moved in.
An assistant manager at the Mill Creek Apartments was reached by phone, had no comment.
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Stutzman was paroled in August 2009 after serving a 10-year sentence that included an assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
Records show that after he was paroled he was sent back to prison and paroled three additional times before his latest arrest.
Two of his prior arrests included false imprisonment and battery with serious injury, according to the CDCR.
The sheriff’s department is asking that anyone who may have additional information about the May 30 crime to call the homicide detail at (858) 974 -2321 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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