Man convicted of rape during Stagecoach festival in Indio
Man arrested after rape during Stagecoach festival in Indio
4:11 PM, May. 5, 2011
Written by Kate McGinty, The Desert Sun
A parking lot attendant who helped a woman find her car at the Stagecoach music festival then raped her, Indio police said this afternoon.
The 23-year-old woman had been searching for her car in the overflow parking lot on Avenue 50, near Hjorth Street, shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.
A parking lot attendant offered to help her find her car, then stayed with her while she waited for her friends, Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron said.
While they were waiting, the parking lot attendant — Darin Ledale Garrett, 45, of Los Angeles — asked the woman to walk to the back of the car, then sexually assaulted her, Guitron said.
Garrett ran away when other people in the parking lot noticed the woman needed help.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment and for social services related to the rape.
Using the witness descriptions, Indio police tracked Garrett to the Palm Tree Inn, 84-115 Indio Blvd,, where he had been staying and arrested him at about 7 a.m. Sunday.
Garrett remains in the Indio jail on three preliminary felony charges — rape, rape by use of a foreign object, and oral copulation.
Garrett, who is being held on $100,000 bail, is scheduled to appear in court May 13.
Indio police asked anyone with information about the case to call investigators at (760) 391-4057 or to anonymously call Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.
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