A man accused of sexually assaulting and stealing from a Lake Elsinore woman he met via the Internet while pretending to be a doctor was charged today with a dozen felonies.
Andrew Michael Hernandez, 48, was arrested Monday for the alleged assault, as well as unrelated thefts involving other women.
Hernandez is charged with two counts each of sexual battery of a restrained victim and grand theft, three counts of burglary, and one count each of sexual penetration with a foreign object, assault with intent to commit rape, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, financial elder abuse
and stealing public property.
The defendant, who’s being held in lieu of $1.25 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center, was slated to make his initial court appearance this afternoon at the Murrieta courthouse.
The 48-year-old alleged victim, Lisa Shrout, told ABC7 Wednesday that Hernandez began communicating with her earlier this month on Zoosk.
“He told me he was a plastic surgeon,” Shrout said. “I had possible cancer issues going on with my right breast.”
According to Shrout, she joined Hernandez for a date over the weekend, during which the two ate out and then went shopping. Afterward, they headed back to her place, where Shrout said she gave the defendant permission to
perform a medical exam, convinced he was a physician.
During the procedure, however, Hernandez went too far, she alleged. “I told him, ‘You need to stop that,’ ” she told ABC7. “I was not comfortable, jumped up and walked out.”
Hernandez was asked to leave, and did — but allegedly swiped some of the victim’s jewelry, including a diamond ring, according to sheriff’s officials.
He’s also suspected of inappropriately touching Shrout’s preteen daughter, Shrout told ABC7.
“I feel stupid,” Shrout said. “I feel completely violated. He’s just a slimeball. He stole from me and my kids. I have to take with me what he did to me. I thought he was a doctor. My God.”
According to sheriff’s officials, during their investigation, detectives also linked him to four other alleged thefts involving women, though no details were disclosed.
The sheriff’s department believes there may be additional victims.
Hernandez has a prior felony conviction for a jewelry-related theft last year in Temecula, authorities said.
Anyone who believes they may have been victimized was asked to call the
sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station at (951) 245-3357.
LAKE ELSINORE -(SHERIFF PRESS RELEASE) In July 2014, Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station Investigative Bureau began investigating a sexual assault and theft. These crimes were committed in Lakeland Village, a community located in the unincorporated area of Riverside County.
During this investigation, Andrew Michael Hernandez, a 48-year-old resident of Chino, was arrested for sexually assaulting a 48-year-old female and stealing her items valued at $65,000.00. Hernandez was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on July 28, 2014.
Through the course of this investigation, five additional victims were identified and investigators believe there may be more. If you have any information, or were victimized by Hernandez, please contact Investigator Cornett at (951) 245-3357, or by email at [email protected]
Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.