The Sacramento Police Department (SPD) recently arrested one of their own – a 22-year veteran of the SPD on charges of sexual assault, according to an official press release.
On Thursday, December 20, Gary Baker, 49, was reportedly taken into police custody for various sexual assault charges while off duty. He was charged with rape, two counts of forcible oral copulation, attempt to commit oral copulation, assault with intent to commit rape and sexual battery.
According to the SPD, on Wednesday, November 25, 2010, the SPD responded to a report of a sexual assault to a 76-year-old female victim that occurred near 24th Street and South Manor Drive. At the time of the incident, DNA evidence was reportedly collected and uploaded to the CODIS System; however, a match was not located. The investigation was complicated due to the victim having a pre-existing medical condition, which made it hard for her to communicate.
The SPD says the initial incident was believed to have happened the afternoon of November 424, 2010, at the victim’s home. According to reports, the suspect had forcibly entered the victim’s apartment when she answered the door, then forced the victim to have sexual intercourse and orally copulate him.
At the time, the suspect was described as black adult, 35-40 years old, 5’-6” to 5’-9”, medium build with black hair. The victim reportedly provided information that the suspect was possibly a security guard or a law enforcement officer, and a criminal investigation was initiated regarding these allegations.
On Thursday, September 20, 2012, the victim reported the same suspect returned and again sexually assaulted her. There was reportedly additional evidence collected, and detectives continued to follow up with any possible leads.
According to the report, on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the victim reported the same suspect entered her apartment and attempted to sexually assault her. Investigators continued to examine evidence for any possible leads. At the recommendation and assistance of detectives, the victim’s family reportedly installed a video surveillance camera at her home.
Then on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, the victim’s family advised detectives of possible surveillance footage of a suspect captured the day prior at the victim’s residence. Investigators responded and recognized the images on the video to be Baker. The SPD immediately launched an intense criminal and administrative investigation into Baker’s involvement in this case, and Baker was reportedly placed on administrative leave as the investigation continued.
According to the SPD, a DNA comparison between the evidence collected in the 2010 assault and that of Baker was expedited by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Crime Lab. The SPD says the results of the DNA comparison positively identified Baker as the suspect in the 2010 assault.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 732-0103. Callers can remain anonymous.
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