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  • Finally, former Westminster cops trial set for April 15th.

    This POS needs to just pleed quilty.


    A former Westminster detective and his ex-prison-guard friend are set to go to trial April 15 on charges that they kidnapped and raped a young mother after she left her waitressing job at the Ontario Mills mall last spring.

    Anthony Nicholas Orban, a former Marine who no longer works for the Westminster Police Department, and Jeff Thomas Jelinek, a former correctional officer at the Chino Institute for Men, both face life in prison if convicted of the brazen daylight attack that happened after the two spent the day drinking heavily and looking for women, according to prosecutors.

    Organ and Jelinek, both 30 when the crime occurred, have pleaded not guilty and have been held in lieu of $2 million bail since their arrests hours after the April 3 attack.

    Orban is accused of forcing himself into the 25-year-old women's car at gunpoint while Jelinek stood by, and then ordering her to drive to a parking lot in a Fontana business park, where he spent two hours raping her, beating her, choking her and threatening to kill her with his service weapon, according to an Ontario Police Department report and testimony by the woman at a preliminary hearing.

    Jelinek, who stayed behind at the mall while the attack was going on from about 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., is being charged with the kidnapping and rape under the theory of aiding and abetting Orban, and also of being an accessory after the fact.

    During the rape, prosecutors say, Orban took pictures and sent the images on his cell phone to Jelinek. One text message from Orban read, "Look what I'm doing," according to the police report.

    The attack ended when Orban, after letting the woman get dressed, got distracted by cell phone calls, the victim told police in an interview. She bolted from the unlocked back door of her SUV and fled to a nearby liquor store, where she told the clerk to call police.

    Orban grabbed the woman's keys and called Jelinek to pick him up at a nearby gas station, according to the police report. But Orban left behind his service weapon and sunglasses in the woman's car, the report says. Orban's name was written on the barrel of the gun, and a bullet that dislodged from the chamber also was found in the woman's car, according to the report.

    The woman's keys were found in Jelinek's possession, according to the police report.

    James E. Blatt, Orban's attorney, is expected to mount a "mental defense," citing medications Orban was taking, as well as lingering signs of post-traumatic stress disorder from his time as a Marine, as possible explanations for what Blatt has characterized as aberrant behavior.

    Before his arrest, Orban had no criminal record.

    In his interview with Ontario police, Orban said he had taken two medications the morning of the attack, Zoloft and Neurontin, before drinking beer and margaritas with his old high-school friend, Jelinek, in the hours leading up to what prosecutors contend was the brutal sexual assault.

    In his interview with police, Jelinek admitted he should have done something to stop Orban from forcing the woman away at gunpoint. He also told detectives that he erased some text messages sent by Orban during the rape.

    Jelinek's attorneys, Ciprian Turcu and Michael Munoz, are expected to argue that, at most, Jelinek is guilty of being an accessory after the fact, and that he had nothing to do with the kidnapping, rape and beating.

    The victim, a single mother, is expected to testify at the trial before San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Stephen G. Saleson.

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