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April 6th, 2010
05:02 PM ET

Police detective charged with carjacking and rape

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[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/06/art.vert.crime.ontario.police.jpg caption="Anthony Nicolas Orban is a five-year veteran of the Westminster Police Department." width=292 height=320]

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/06/art.vert.crime.jeff.jpg caption="Jeff Thomas Jelinek is a prison guard." width=292 height=320]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A police detective and a corrections officer have been charged in connection with the carjacking and rape of a young woman in California.

The circumstances of the case have investigators looking into whether the suspects may be responsible for other sexual attacks in the area.

“We believe it’s a possibility,” Sgt. David McBride of the Ontario Police Department told CNN. “The manner in which the crime was committed, it seemed very unlikely it just happened at the spur of the moment.”

Anthony Nicolas Orban, a five-year veteran of the Westminster Police Department, and prison guard Jeff Thomas Jelinek, are each being held on $1 million bail at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., according to a statement from the Ontario Police Department.

The suspects, who are both 30, allegedly ambushed the woman last Saturday evening as she was walking from her work to her car in the Ontario Mills parking lot.

According to police, Jelinek stood watching, Orban opened the passenger side of the vehicle at the same time the victim entered the car, and at gunpoint told her to drive away. Jelinek remained in the parking lot while Orban forced the woman to head north on the 15 Freeway, police said.

According to investigators, Orban directed the woman to exit the freeway and to park in a commercial complex in Fontana.

“Orban then forced the victim to disrobe and then brutally raped her at gunpoint,” the statement said.

Police said Orban fled the scene but left his gun in the woman’s car.

It is alleged that Jelinek met Orban and drove him back to the Mills Mall parking lot where Olson called his wife and told her he had lost his gun.

Officers from the Ontario police department interviewed Orban and Jelinek about the missing gun and determined that “their statements were inconsistent and somewhat suspicious,” authorities said.

Later that night, the woman reported the rape and identified Orban and Jelinek as the suspects, police said.

Orban was booked for charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape and carjacking. He has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

Jelinek has been charged with carjacking and as an accessory to the crime of rape. Jelinek, who is a corrections officer at the Chino Institute for Men, has also been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Ontario police department has released their booking photos to determine if there are any other potential victims. “We want to make sure we get the word out to the public,” said Sgt. McBride. “We don’t want to leave any stone unreturned.”

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