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Lemon Grove Man Jailed on Sex Assault, Kidnap Charges

San Diego police say Michael John Kobulnicky allegedly raped a woman abducted from Linda Vista last month.

A 50-year-old landscaper was behind bars today on suspicion of abducting a pedestrian in Linda Vista, taking her to Fiesta Island and raping her, authorities reported.

Sex-crimes detectives arrested Michael John Kobulnicky of Lemon Grove as he was walking near his apartment on Thursday afternoon, according to San Diego police.

About 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Kobulnicky allegedly spotted the alleged victim while driving on Linda Vista Road, pulled over and asked her if she wanted a ride home, SDPD Lt. Anastasia Smith said.

The 56-year-old woman accepted the offer and got into Kobulnicky's vehicle, Smith said. When they reached the woman's residence, however, he kept driving and continued on into the Mission Bay area.

After parking on Fiesta Island, the 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound suspect allegedly pulled the victim out of the vehicle and sexually assaulted her, the lieutenant said. He then drove off, leaving her behind.

The woman immediately reported the alleged crimes, and investigators gathered evidence, including surveillance video. Six days later, police released some of the footage to local news outlets. The resulting publicity generated "numerous" tips that helped detectives identify Kobulnicky as the alleged assailant, Smith said.

Kobulnicky, who is employed as a landscape supervisor, was booked into county jail on suspicion of rape, kidnapping and forcible sex with a foreign object. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.

—City News Service

Thomas Findman April 12, 2012 at 08:37 AM
Charges Dropped Does Not Mean Innocence The media hype and the Tea Party involvment may have greatly interferred with the public and lawful due deligence. Kobulnicky first claimed NOT GUILTY to kidnapping and rape. Then a week later he admitted to CONSENSUAL sexual encounter. The police had forensic evidence that they stand by. The victim 3 days later states she never saw the man in her life, even after describing him and pointing him out in video! Manipulation to the fullest degree, intimidation and cooercement! THIS IS A TRUE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: It has been discovered that Kobulnicky has a Public record in Riverside County Superior Court of a Misdemeanor that was filed against him being with a Prostitute years earlier. It was dropped because he had an excuse. He got out of that one too! This is true public record. Women be aware. Thank goodness that this has been so publicized that this man better not make another mistake nor another crime!

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