A Glendale pastor investigators have been seeking since Wednesday in connection with the sexual assault of a young girl at a Covina motel turned himself in on Sunday, authorities said.
The police raided River’s residence in Baldwin Hills, California, on Friday and found a truck similar to the one he was seen parking outside the scene of crime in the CCTV footage. On interrogating the neighbors, the police learned that one of them had witnessed the pastor painting his truck black using a paintbrush and roller.
Douglas Rivera, 40, of Baldwin Park surrendered to Covina police without incident, Covina police Sgt. Ray Marquez said.
Rivera was quickly identified as a suspect in Wednesday night’s motel room break-in and sexual assault at the Vanllee Hotel & Suites, 1211 E. Garvey Street in Covina, after numerous church members and associates recognized him as the pastor of the God’s Gypsy Christian Church in Los Angeles, police said.
He arrived with his attorney at the Covina Police Department about 11 a.m. Sunday to surrender, Marquez said.
He was booked on suspicion of child molestation, indecent exposure and burglary, officials said. Bail was set at $280,000, which he posted Sunday afternoon, Marquez said. Rivera was released from custody pending his initial court appearance.
Police allege Rivera arrived at the motel shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday and parked his pickup truck facing the open window of a motel room occupied by two girls between 10 and 13 years old, who were visiting the U.S. on a school trip from Hangzhou, China.
He masturbated and stared at the girls for more than 30 minutes before knocking on the door, forcing his way inside, sexually assaulting one of the girls and then fleeing, according to Lt. Trevor Gaumer.
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Rivera released a video message while he was still on the run denying wrongdoing and saying he was in “the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Investigators asked anyone with information on the case, or any additional potential victims, to contact the Covina Police Department at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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