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Sacramento jury convicts two men of 2012 kidnapping, sex assault

Sarbjit Singh Sandhu
Sarbjit Singh Sandhu

Two men accused of a 2012 kidnapping and assault have been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

Separate juries on Thursday found Sarbjit Singh Sandhu, 35, and Rajdev Singh Purewal, 23, guilty of 20 charges, including forcible sexual intercourse, oral copulation, sodomy and kidnapping for the purpose of committing rape, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. The juries also found true allegations of kidnapping, binding the victim and acting in concert with one another during the commission of each offense.

On Jan. 24, 2012, the defendants kidnapped the victim from her driveway as she returned home from work. She was blindfolded, bound and forced to take medication, authorities said. The defendants reportedly drove the woman to a location approximately 40 minutes away, and each repeatedly sexually assaulted her and held her captive for five hours.

The victim subsequently was released north of Sacramento, and the offenses were immediately reported.

No suspects were identified for eight months, until DNA evidence was matched with Sandhu through the federal DNA database. Phone records and other evidence linked Sandhu’s cousin, Purewal, to the crimes, authorities said. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Laboratory of Forensic Services confirmed that both Sandhu and Purewal matched DNA evidence taken from the victim.

The two men are to be sentenced May 29 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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