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Woman Allegedly Sexually Assaulted By Man Who Held Her Hostage 'For Multiple Days'

Investigators believe suspect Joshua Gaspar wasn't acting alone while holding the woman hostage.

By M.L. Nestel
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A man allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman at gunpoint for "multiple days" until cops caught up to him and rescued her. 

At around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, Joshua Gaspar, 19, was booked on kidnapping, rape, and false imprisonment charges after detectives found him and his alleged victim, a 29-year-old woman, at a Chevron Gas Station tucked in a small neighborhood located on McKnight Way in Grass Valley, California.

“During the investigation, detectives were able to develop probable cause to believe the victim had in fact been held against her will for multiple days and was sexually assaulted several times,” according to a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office statement

The young man from Corona, California, allegedly didn't act alone and police are pursuing leads to find other suspects: In fact, investigators suspect that “most likely more than one suspect was involved,” according to the release. 

Gaspar was allegedly attempting to move the captive woman to Sacramento, but the woman managed to contact a friend to inform them she was in danger and give them a rough location. The friend then shared the information with authorities, police said.

That set Nevada County Sheriff’s Office detectives off to the gas station where they captured Gaspar. 

The investigators, armed with a warrant, later congregated at a home on Shady Creek Drive in the North San Juan neighborhood where they secured it and then performed a search. 

It’s unclear if the home was where the woman was held and tortured.  

Meantime, Gaspar was remanded to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on a $1 million bond as the investigation continues.

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