Santa Barbara detectives arrested Jose Flores, 31, at his Goleta residence this morning on felony charges of sexual assault. Flores is accused of breaking into an Isla Vista apartment in January 2011 and raping a young woman as she slept on a futon in her apartment’s living room.

Jose Flores (aka Juan Ramirez)

According to Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Drew Sugars, the victim awoke to find Flores lying on top of her. He immediately fled through the front door of the unit on the 6700 block of Pasado Road. It’s believed he gained access by climbing through an unlocked living room window.

“Sheriff’s deputies were able to obtain a DNA sample which Sheriff’s detectives submitted to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System,” said Sugars. Late last week, detectives learned that the DNA matched Flores, who lives one mile away from Isla Vista on the 400 block of Whitman Street.

Flores was booked into County Jail on $1,000,000 bail for felony sexual assault in the commission of a burglary and felony sexual assault.


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