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Rapist Suspect in Missing Teen Case in Custody

Update: Suspect in case of missing Poway girl accused of murder, rape

A suspect was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of suspicion of murder and rape in the disappearance of Poway teen Chelsea King.

The suspect, identified as registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III, was arrested at a landmark restaurant and bar on the west side of Lake Hodges, Hernedez Hide-A-Way, on Lake Drive near Del Dios Highway at 4:30 p.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The 30-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore in Riverside County is described as being 6′2″ and 230 pounds. He has a previous conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age.

Gardner is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Department 12 at San Diego Superior Court downtown.

Gardner’s mother lives in the Westwood development of San Diego near Rancho Bernardo Community Park and Lake Hodges. It’s believed he had been staying there for several days.

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March 1, 2010 Posted by | Action Alert | , , , , | Leave a comment