By Paloma Esquivel
An off-duty Westminster police detective and a California corrections officer were arrested late Saturday in connection with the alleged kidnapping and rape of a 25-year-old woman in Ontario.
According to Sgt. David McBride of the Ontario Police Department, the woman was walking to her car in the parking lot of Ontario Mills Mall when Westminster police Det. Anthony Nicholas Orban and California Corrections Officer Jeff Thomas Jelinek approached her.
As the woman got in her car, Orban slid into the passenger side, pointed his service gun at her and told her to drive, McBride said. Jelinek allegedly stood by and watched.
Orban then ordered the woman to drive to a commercial complex, where he raped her at gunpoint, authorities said. At some point, the woman was able to get out of the car and ran to a local business, where she summoned police.
Authorities said Orban ran after her, leaving his gun in her car. He later called Jelinek, who picked him up and took him back to the mall, police said.
Orban then called his wife and told her he’d lost his gun in Ontario, McBride said. Orban's wife, police said, called the Ontario Police Department and officers responded to the mall to help. But at the same time, the 25-year-old woman was talking to Ontario police officers, who began investigating the alleged rape.
The police detective and the corrections officer were identified and arrested, McBride said.
Orban, 30, has been with the Westminster Police Department for five years, assigned to investigations, McBride said. He has been relieved of active duty pending the outcome of the investigation and was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape and carjacking. He is being held in lieu of $1 million.
Jelinek, 30, is a corrections officer assigned to the Chino Institution for Men. He also has also been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation and was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of carjacking and being an accessory to the crime. He is also being held on $1-million bail.
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