Henry Camarena is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman who was receiving a tattoo at his shop in Hesperia. Authorities said there may be other victims.
HESPERIA — A local tattoo shop owner has been jailed in connection to a rape at his shop early this month, authorities said.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested Henry Richard Camarena, 43, of Hesperia, on Friday on suspicion of raping a drugged victim. Camarena's arrest followed a two-week investigation.
Camarena is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman who was receiving a tattoo at his shop, Team Art Collective Tattoo, on Bear Valley Road in Hesperia, on May 31, authorities said.
Hesperia Sheriff’s Station detectives launched an investigation after the woman reported the incident the following morning. Evidence corroborating the victim’s statement was recovered during a search of the tattoo shop, authorities said, and an arrest warrant was issued for Camarena, who was believed to be out of the area.
Camarena was found at a home in Baldwin Park on Friday, where he was taken into custody without incident, authorities said.
Camarena remains in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail. He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, but no further details are yet available.
The investigation is ongoing and authorities said there’s a possibility of additional victims based on the circumstances of this assault.
Anyone with information regarding Camarena or this investigation is asked to contact Hesperia Sheriff’s Station Detective Laduke at 760-947-1500. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or online at www.wetip.com.