HOUSTON - Investigators say a serial rapist was taken off the streets and behind bars on Saturday after committing two violent home invasions and sexual assaults this month.
All investigators had in the case was a composite sketch of the suspect and a description of the vehicle he was driving.
Then, on Thursday, one of the victims found a card for a car repair shop in her home -- a shop she had never visited.
The victim turned the card over to cops, who followed the lead, and found the owner of the vehicle and then the suspect.
Rickey Zepeda, 33, is charged with the sexual assault and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon of a 23-year-old woman on January 7 in the 18000 block of Temple Hill in Cypress.
Investigators told Local 2 News Zepeda kicked in the woman's door, tied her up, then beat and sexually assaulted her with her two small children just a few feet away.
Detectives believe that two weeks later, on January 21, Zepeda kicked in the door to another home about two miles away in the Cypress Landing subdivision, robbing and raping the woman who lived there. Charges in this case are pending.
When one of the victims found the business card from a car repair shop in her home, investigators stopped by the business. The owner of the shop recognized the description of the car both victims saw at their homes.
Investigators said the car belongs to Zepeda's girlfriend. They found stolen property from both home invasions in her home just north of downtown Houston, where Zepeda has been living since November.
Officials say both victims positively identified Zepeda.
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