Accused VTA Fare Jumper Tells Inspector She Was a Victim of Rape and Kidnapping

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 03 May 2012 21:46:20 -0800

SAN JOSE (KRON) -- A fare jumper on San Jose's light-rail system is now facing serious felony charges after the underage girl he was with told authorities she had been kidnapped and raped.

A pair of Santa Clara VTA fare inspectors say they encountered 23-year old Merced Pacheco and the victim at the Orchard Light Rail station Tuesday and asked to see their proof of having paid their fare.  The young woman showed an expired youth pass while Pacheco also admitted that he didn't pay to get on the train.

Officials say the victim felt safe enough with the fare inspectors to tell them that Pacheco had sexually assaulted her and was holding her against her will.  He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and false imprisonment.

“Thanks to the swift action and keen situational awareness of the two fare inspectors, deputies were able to respond quickly to the incident that was unfolding, which we hope has prevented a heinous crime from continuing,” said Captain Robert Schiller of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department in a written statement.

VTA officials say all fare inspectors are trained in dealing with other situations as part of the agency's "Safe Place" program.

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