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Saul Hernandez-Chavev, 22


Saul Hernandez-Chavev, 22

DNA Leads to Arrest of Suspect Wanted for Sexual Assault at Massage Parlor in Goleta


Goleta - February 23rd, 2016


Three months after a female masseuse was sexually assaulted at a massage parlor in Goleta, a suspect is identified and arrested.  On February 17, 2016, Sheriff’s detectives arrested 22-year-old Saul Hernandez-Chavez of Santa Barbara following an investigation and positive DNA match in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  The criminal justice DNA database system contains DNA profiles contributed by federal, state and local participating forensic laboratories.


On November 17, 2015, an employee of a massage parlor in the 5700 block of Hollister Avenue in Old Town Goleta was reportedly giving a male patron a massage when he demanded she provide sexual services.  When the victim refused, the suspect overpowered her and forcibly raped her.  The suspect fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. A sexual assault exam was conducted and the assault kit along with evidence collected at the scene was sent to the Department of Justice Crime Lab for processing. 


On February 9, 2016 the Sheriff’s Office was notified by the DOJ Crime Lab that there was a positive match in CODIS from the evidence collected. Hernandez-Chavez was identified as the suspect.  In addition to the positive DNA match, Hernandez-Chavez also matched the physical description the victim provided the day of the assault.


Sheriff’s detectives obtained an arrest warrant.  On February 17, Hernandez-Chavez was taken into custody without incident at a residence in the 200 block of Meigs Road.  He was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on rape charges.  He is being held on $100,000 bail.


This case is a great example of how crimes can be solved by DNA evidence. The Sheriff’s Office works closely with the Department of Justice Crime Lab and that partnership allows us to bring significant cases like this to a conclusion.

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