Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Violent Van Nuys Beauty Salon Rape

Authorities said a man who posed as a customer at a beauty salon and then dragged a worker to the back has been charged with a slew of felonies in the shocking sexual assault in Van Nuys. 

Enrique Orozco, 30, faces charges of rape, attempted sodomy, forcible oral copulation, kidnapping to commit rape and assault with intent to commit a felony, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. 

He faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in a state prison. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday. 

The caught-on-camera attack occurred March 29 as the victim was closing the beauty salon on Vanowen Street.

As the victim tried to escort Orozco out, prosecutors said he locked the door, and dragged her to the back where he raped her.

Police searched for Orozco for two days before tips from the community helped locate him.

Police released the surveillance footage of the man, later identified by police as Orozco, in hopes of tracking him down.

A liquor store owner contacted police when he recognized the attacker and gave surveillance footage to police.

Orozco pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine in connection with an April 2014 case, Los Angeles Superior Court records show.

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