A man was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after sodomizing numerous women in his car before pushing them into the street, prosecutors in California said.
Now, 21-year-old Michael Tamayo of Los Angeles, was sentenced to serve 70 years in prison.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Tamayo, was convicted by a jury of 14 counts: three counts of assault with intent to commit a felony, three counts of robbery, two counts of assault and one count each of kidnapping, kidnapping to commit another crime, rape by
force/fear, sodomy by use of force, forcible oral copulation and grand theft from person.
At sentencing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer also ordered the defendant to register as a sex offender for life.
Deputy District Attorney Emily Spear, who prosecuted the case, said that the defendant approached a woman on the street at gunpoint and forced her into his car.
While in the vehicle, Tamayo raped and sodomized the victim before forcing her to commit other sex acts, the prosecutor added.
Tamayo then took the woman’s purse before he pushed her out of the car.
Two days later, Tamayo approached a second woman on the street, forced her into his car at gunpoint and then raped her in an alley, the prosecutor said.
Tamayo met a third woman at a hotel, where he sexually assaulted her at gunpoint, the prosecutor said.
The next month, Tamayo forced a fourth woman into a car, raped and sodomized her.
In each of the incidents, Tamayo stole the victims’ cell phones. During the investigation, authorities were able to ping the cell phones to locate and arrest the defendant, the prosecutor said.
Additionally, DNA evidence linked Tamayo to the crimes.