Alleged serial rapist of homeless women arrested

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The suspect in several rape incidents of homeless women was arrested, the Contra Costa Sheriff’s office announced on Wednesday. 

Sheriff’s deputies, alongside detectives from Walnut Creek and Concord, arrested 39-year-old Christopher Owens for multiple counts of rape earlier this week. 

Alleged serial rapist Christopher Owens. 

According to a press release, the arrest came after Concord Police linked him to an unsolved rape case from 2017. 

“In reviewing all of these cases, it appears as if Owens would drive around and look for what appeared to be homeless women and offer them a ride in his car, before ultimately assaulting them,” the sheriff’s office stated.

Owens is in custody in the Contra Costa jail. 

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Owens, but the sheriff’s office believes there are more victims and incidents not known. 

Anyone else who may have been a victim is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement, the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, or Detective Kaitlyn Revel with the Concord Police Department, who is investigating our 2017 case. Detective Revel may be reached at 925-603-5864, case 17-12724. Phone calls can also be made anonymously.