On Saturday, May 22, 2021, The Oxnard Police Department arrested 40-year-old Rodolfo Fernandez Franco for a felony no-bail warrant. The Charges included forceable rape, which occurred in Oxnard in 2003, two counts of forced oral copulation occurring in Oxnard and Ventura in 2003, and one count of assault with the intent to commit rape that took place in Oxnard in 2020.
The arrest of this suspect involves crimes he committed in 2003 and in 2020 against three separate victims.
On February 16, 2003, the victim, in this case, gave the suspect a ride to several locations in the city of Oxnard, eventually parking in the 1800 block of Brookside Street, Oxnard. Once she parked her car, the suspect threatened to kill the victim if she did not orally copulate him. The suspect strangled the victim and forced her into the vehicle’s back seat, where he raped her. During a medical exam, sexual assault evidence was collected and sent to the Ventura County Forensics Laboratory for testing. A DNA profile was later entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), but the suspect was still unknown.
On February 21, 2003, a 34-year-old female met the suspect in Oxnard. The suspect asked her for a ride to Ventura. The victim drove around Ventura with the suspect. Eventually, she asked him to get out of the car, at which time he violently forced the victim to orally copulate him, threatening her with a knife. She was able to get out of the vehicle and run as the suspect fled the scene. This case was handled by the Ventura Police Department.
On December 20, 2020, a female victim was sleeping in the 100 block of South C Street, in the city of Oxnard when Franco laid down next to her and began to assault and strangle her. According to the victim, she believed she was about to be raped and fought off Franco. He ran away from the scene. The suspect left an item at the location of the assault. Detectives sent the evidence to the Ventura County Forensics Laboratory for DNA testing. The DNA found on the item matched Franco’s CODIS profile.
Rodolfo Franco was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on the felony no-bail warrant, Ventura County Superior Court case number 2021011740.
The Oxnard Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation and believes there could be other victims who have not reported similar incidents to the police. Anyone with information regarding this case or any similar incidents involving Rodolfo Franco is asked to contact Detective Michael McManama (805) 385-7662.