An off-duty Westminster Police Department officer has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a woman at the Ontario Mills Mall and then raping her in Fontana on April 3, according to the Ontario Police Department.
Anthony Nicholas Orban, 30, was booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape and carjacking. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
His alleged accomplice in the incident, Jeff Thomas Jelinek, 30, a state corrections officer assigned to the Chino Institute of Men prison facility in Chino, was booked on charges of carjacking and being an accessory to the crime. He is also being held at West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $1 million bail.
"Based on the violent manner that Orban and Jelinek (allegedly) used to carry out this crime, detectives are concerned that there may be other victims that police are not aware of," said Sergeant David McBride of the Ontario P.D.
On April 3 at about 7:04 p.m., Ontario officers responded to an area of Baseline Road near the Interstate 15 Freeway in Fontana regarding a rape investigation.
Officers determined that the victim, a 25-year-old resident of San Bernardino County, was confronted by two males as she walked from her work place to her car that was in the Ontario Mills Mall parking lot.
As the victim entered her car, one of the two suspects (Orban) simultaneously entered the passenger side of the victims' vehicle, while the second suspect (Jelinek) stood by and watched as Orban pointed the gun at the victim, police said.
Orban allegedly pointed a handgun at the victim and ordered her drive away.
Jelinek remained in the parking lot while Orban forced the victim, at gunpoint, to drive north on the 15 Freeway.
Orban directed the victim to exit the freeway at Baseline and to park in a commercial complex located on the east (Fontana) side of the 15. Orban then allegedly forced the victim to disrobe and then brutally raped her at gunpoint, police said. Orban then fled, leaving his service weapon behind and still in the victim's vehicle.
The victim was able to flee from her vehicle to a nearby business, where she called the Fontana Police Department for help. Fontana Police responded and determined that the incident began in the Ontario area, and so the Ontario P.D. was placed in charge of the investigation.
Orban then fled on foot from the area after the victim ran from her vehicle. It was later learned that Orban telephoned Jelinek, who picked up Orban in Fontana and drove him back to the Ontario Mills Mall parking lot in Ontario.
After arriving back at the Ontario Mills Mall parking lot, Orban called his wife, saying that he had lost his gun, police said. Orban's wife called Ontario Police about the lost gun. Police responded to the Ontario Mills Mall and contacted Orban and Jelinek. Officers determined that both subjects were off-duty police officers and that their statements were inconsistent and somewhat suspicious.
At the same time, suspect information was being received from officers investigating the rape. That information matched Orban and Jelinek. Additionally, the handgun found in the victim's vehicle was found to belong to Orban.
A short time later, Orban and Jelinek were positively identified as the suspects responsible for the carjacking, kidnap and rape, police said.
There has been no evidence indicating that either suspect represented themselves as police officers during the commission of the alleged crimes.
Orban is a five-year member of the Westminster P.D. He is a detective assigned to the Investigation Bureau. Jelinek is a four-year member of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The two suspects have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
Detectives are asking that anyone who has information about this incident or feels they may have been victimized by this pair to contact the Ontario P.D. at (909) 395-2908.