Accused PB rapist found camping, moved to San Diego

Accused Pacific Beach rapist, PB, sexual assault

Jacob Skorniak (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department)

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SAN DIEGO – A 49-year-old Colorado man suspected of raping a young woman in Pacific Beach on New Year’s Day was behind bars in San Diego Monday days after getting nabbed at a Santa Barbara County campsite, authorities said.

Two state park officers found Jacob Paul Skorniak camping at Refugio State Beach and took him into custody Thursday night, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

Skorniak assaulted the victim in his pickup truck in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, according to San Diego police. He was a stranger to the victim when he “crossed paths” with her, Lt. Sandra Rapalee-Albrektsen said.

Rapalee-Albrektsen would not release the victim’s age and declined to specify where the initial encounter took place but confirmed it was in a public place.

Skorniak was transported from Santa Barbara County to San Diego over the weekend.  He is expected to be court Tuesday where he faces charges of rape and kidnapping.

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