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Suspect held in Claremont rape case

Kat Simonelli
Metro Editor

Amanda Larsh
Assistant News Editor

Claremont Police have a suspect in connection with the home invasion and rape of a 12-year-old girl, which happened nearly a month ago.

As of April 18, police have detained 34-year-old Joseph Chandler Davall of Yucca Valley.

Davall is currently being held in lieu of $5 million bail for two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and one count each of forcible rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object and making criminal threats, among other felony charges.

“We’re still actively doing investigations on this case,” said Claremont Police Lt. Mike Ciszek.

“It’s pretty much airtight, but we’re looking at some possible additional charges.”

Davall was taken into custody in his Yucca Valley home following a chase by Claremont police and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies.

Police records show Davall was previously a suspect in October 2012 on suspicion of rape, was previously convicted of making criminal threats in 1999 and 2001 and of grand theft in 2000.

“He was arrested for numerous violations in the past, and some of them are in the same area we currently arrested him,” Ciszek said.

Forensic experts aided the Claremont police and were able to obtain the attacker’s DNA from the crime scene, which they ran through the state combined DNA index system.

“From the evidence processing they were able to develop a suspect name,” Ciszek said.

“We’re not divulging exactly what evidence it was that we recovered only because there are several other agencies that are looking at this guy as a probable suspect.”

If convicted, Davall could face a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

“This guy is a bad guy and I was absolutely ecstatic to get him off these streets because of his previous conduct and potential for future behavior,” Ciszek said.

Kat Simonelli can be reached at kathryn.simonelli@laverne.edu.

Amanda Larsh can be reached at amanda.larsh@laverne.edu.

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