VISTA, Calif. -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday suspected of raping two young women at his Vista apartment and kidnapping one of them and holding her captive overnight.
Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, 33, was taken into custody at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday at the Motel 6 at 909 North Coast Highway in Oceanside, according to Lt. Larry Nesbit.
One of the women made an emergency call about 11:15 p.m. Monday to report that she had been sexually assaulted by a neighbor at her apartment complex in the 2100 block of South Santa Fe Drive in Vista according to sheriff's officials.
The woman, 20, told detectives that a 19-year-old friend of hers also had been raped by the same man, then threatened with a knife and taken against her will in a charcoal-gray 2005 Toyota Corolla owned by the older woman, Lt. Nesbit said.
The abductor dropped off the teenager near her residence and drove away in an unknown direction at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
The victims identified Stutzman, who was a resident of the apartment complex where both women live, as the alleged assailant.
The car driven by Stutzman was towed at the motel at about 6 pm on Tuesday. It's unclear whether a large hunting knife, which investigators said he was carrying was also recovered.
Residents at the apartment complex said they couldn't believe a registered sex offender lived so close.
"I'm very surprised," said resident Andrea Cunningham. "I'm very worried. I'm a single mom, and I live here by myself with my son. "
Court records obtained by Fox 5 indicate that Stutzman was sentenced in 2002 on first-degree burglary, false imprisonment, and assault with a firearm.
Apartment employees would not comment on the arrest of Stutzman, or their procedures on resident background checks. However, according to the Megan's Law website, another sex offender lives in the complex.
According to the Sheriff's Department website, Stutzman is being held at the Vista Detention Facility on kidnapping, oral copulation, false imprisonment, and rape charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call 858-974-2321 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.