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Santa Fe police seek second suspect in rape case

May 25, 2019

Santa Fe police asked for the public’s help Saturday in finding a second man suspected of raping a 20-year-old woman at a trailer park last week.

The woman, described in arrest warrant affidavits as developmentally disabled, reported the crimes to staff at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center on Wednesday night. She told police she had gone with friends to a party at a mobile home park on Camino Tierra Real, off Airport Road, around midnight Wednesday and was raped by two men there.

Miguel Saenz-Pardo, 19, of Santa Fe was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery and false imprisonment in the case, and remains in custody, police said.

Detectives on Friday night searched the home in the 3000 block of Camino Tierra Real where the alleged rapes occurred and issued an arrest warrant for the second suspect, Emilio Medrano-Perez, 19, of Santa Fe on charges of criminal sexual penetration and false imprisonment.

Medrano-Perez is believed to have been living at the home, police said.

Police are asking anyone who sees Medrano-Perez — described in court records as 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a zia tattoo on his neck — to call 911.

Saenz-Pardo had identified Medrano-Perez as “the other male” involved in the incident during an interrogation by investigators after his arrest, according to an affidavit, and positively identified Medrano-Perez from a Facebook profile photo.

A friend of the accuser previously had identified Saenz-Pardo from a photo on his Facebook account.

The affidavits say the woman told police the two men had pressured her into smoking methamphetamine after hours of drinking alcohol. She was then raped in a back bedroom, she said, first by Saenz-Pardo and then by Medrano-Perez.

Saenz-Pardo had been released from jail April 4, following his arrest in connection with a shooting March 21 outside the Motel 6 at 3007 Cerrillos Road.

A judge ordered his release on a $2,500 unsecured appearance bond, electronic monitoring and house arrest, according to court records.

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