Photo: Lavel Powell
MOUNTAIN VIEW – The MVPD arrested an Oakland man wanted for the rape and strangulation of an adult female. They arrested 29-year-old Lavel Powell without incident.
The victim described to detectives how Powell had called her early in the morning and asked her for a ride. Showing up to a business in the downtown area, the victim picked up Powell. The two drove to an area along the 800 block of Greenview Drive in Mountain View.
After talking for several minutes the victim began to rebuff Powell’s advances. The suspect choked her until she had lost consciousness. She started coming to and became aware that Powell was sexually assaulting her.
Gaining her wits, she was able to fight Powell and remove him from on top of her. She then proceeded to force the suspect from the car. Then she drove directly to Stanford Medical Center for treatment and to report the rape to authorities.
“These cases are never easy, and what this young woman suffered is beyond reprehensible,” said Sgt. Dan Vicencio. “We are investigating this case fully.”
On September 27, authorities arrested Powell outside his place of work in Palo Alto. They subsequently booked Powell into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of rape by force. He is expected to remain in custody on a no-bail warrant.
The successful arrest of Powell was in large part due to the diligent work of –
- Mountain View Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit,;
- Crime Suppression Unit;
- Mountain View Police Department patrol units;
- Palo Alto Police Department;
- and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team.
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