Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes announced that the serial rapist who attacked three separate women by jumping them off running trails around Woodland Park in Aliso Viejo is in custody.
Robert Daniel Yucas, a 51-year-old army veteran who lives in Riverside County, has been charged with three felony counts of kidnapping to commit a sex offense, one felony count of attempted forcible rape, three felony counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and one felony count of forcible rape. Yucas faces a maximum sentence of 39 years to life if he is convicted of all charges, according to the DA’s office.
“The three victims in this case were doing things many of us do every day,” Barnes said during a press conference. “But the suspect kidnapped these victims, placed them in chokeholds, sexually assaulted them, and changed their lives forever.”
The three attacks occurred from between January 2020 and August 2021. According to the DA’s office, these women had no relation to one another.
According to officials, the first two women were able to fight off the man. The first two incidents allegedly involved Yucas trying to pull each woman into the bushes. But the third woman lost consciousness and woke up alone, according to the DA’s office.
Yucas was formerly a military pilot. Authorities report he specifically served as a cargo pilot with Kalitta Airlines. Since that line of work mandates travel, Barnes fears that he may have assaulted women beyond Orange County.
“We believe there are additional victims because of the pattern of practice of his predator behavior,” Barnes said.
Barnes has focused on reforming the Sheriff’s Department since taking office. The department has implemented body cameras for deputies in the county. According to the SoCal Daily Pulse, Barnes rolled out a task force greater than 100 people to investigate the attacks. Local businesses even stepped up to help.