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Rapist who texted Sacramento woman before her mysterious death arrested for violating parole

Searchers combed through neighborhoods along the American River Canyon in Auburn during the three days they were looking for Yinshan Wong, a Sacramento woman who went missing. Her body was found Dec. 6.
Searchers combed through neighborhoods along the American River Canyon in Auburn during the three days they were looking for Yinshan Wong, a Sacramento woman who went missing. Her body was found Dec. 6. Placer County Sheriff’s Office

A man convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman at gunpoint in Colorado was arrested in Carmichael Monday morning for violating the terms of his parole, Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton said.

Christopher E. Lawyer was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail at 8:46 p.m., after officers found him at the 6400 block of Brando Loop in Carmichael earlier that day. A Sacramento County sex offender database lists his home address at the 2000 block of Wingfield Way, located more than nine miles away.

Lawyer made headlines earlier this month when family members of a woman who mysteriously wandered into the American River Canyon near Auburn said the two exchanged text messages after meeting at a grocery store sometime before her death.

The Sacramento woman, Yinshan “Michelle” Wong, was found barefoot and dead in December, with officials saying a mountain lion had consumed parts of her body after she had already died. Placer County Sheriff’s Department officials determined that Lawyer played no role in Wong’s death.

Lawyer’s arrest on Monday, which was initiated by the county’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team, did not appear to be connected to Wong’s death, either, Hampton said. Lawyer was suspected of staying past a 10 p.m. curfew outlined in his conditions of release, he added.

In 2001, Lawyer was sentenced to 12 years to life in prison after kidnapping a Boulder, Colo., woman who was delivering newspapers at an apartment complex the year before, according to the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper.

News accounts said Lawyer forced the woman into a car, taped her eyes and mouth shut, and drove her to a location where he raped her for more than an hour at gunpoint. The day before, Lawyer tried to rape a different woman after making his way into a home, but the woman escaped, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

Corrections officials in the state had a difficult time finding a place for Lawyer to live once he was released in 2016. He was arrested at the end of that year after his parole agent found he was carrying violent pornography and failed to take a scheduled drug test, the Daily Camera reported.

Lawyer recently moved to Carmichael from Colorado in an interstate parolee transfer, Mark Fairbairn, a spokesman for Colorado’s Department of Corrections, told The Sacramento Bee earlier this month.

The Complete Colorado, another Colorado newspaper, said Lawyer’s mother, Dianna Lawyer-Brook, served on the Governor’s Community Corrections Advisory Council. The council is responsible for recommending policy changes and identifying community concerns with the state’s corrections system.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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