Alleged Valley rapist to stand trial in Topanga and North Hollywood cases – Daily News
VAN NUYS — A man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in the Topanga area in 2018 and a 22-year-old woman in a North Hollywood parking garage last year was ordered to stand trial in both cases, the District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
Allen Dante Villarreal, 27, was held to answer Friday to allegations that he raped a woman after knocking her unconscious in March 2019. The defendant allegedly approached her as she was walking to her car, then got into the vehicle to attack her. After the rape, he drove off with his victim inside the car, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Villarreal is charged in that case with one count each of kidnapping to commit rape, rape by use of any intoxicating or anesthetic substance or any controlled substance, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit sexual assault, sexual penetration by use of any intoxicating or anesthetic substance or any controlled substance and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.
The defendant was set to appear in court Monday for a pretrial hearing in a separate case involving a teen, who he allegedly approached on Aug. 31, 2018. Prosecutors said he followed the 17-year-old into the top floor of her building where he raped her in a trash chute room.
He was ordered in December to stand trial in that case, facing one count each of forcible rape of a victim under the age of 18, forcible oral copulation of a minor victim, sexual penetration by use of force of minor, first-degree burglary and assault with intent to commit a sexual assault. The complaint includes allegations of great bodily injury.
Villarreal has been jailed since his arrest and held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in lieu of $2.98 million. If convicted as charged, he faces multiple life sentences in state prison.
When he was arrested in May of last year, police said Villarreal was identified through DNA analysis and was also a suspect in a 2012 sexual assault of a minor in Ohio. Police said they believed he could have been involved in additional sexual assaults throughout the Los Angeles area and chose his victims at random.