Suspected serial rapist facing additional charges

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County prosecutors have charged an accused serial rapist in another case.

Timothy Bachicha was first charged in November 2018, accused of kidnapping a 21-year-old woman near an Albuquerque bus stop, then raping. The victim, who didn’t know Bachicha, says she was held against her will for more than 15 hours on a day in October.

Bachicha, 37, has now been charged in a second similar case, where he’s accused of kidnapping and raping a woman in September 2018.

In the second case, prosecutors alleged that Bachicha held a woman against her will for hours. Bachicha is charged is kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and aggravated battery in the newest case. He is slated to be arraigned on the latest case on Friday morning.

“I can’t even stress how important these cases are,” said Christine Barber, reacting to the case Tuesday.

A women’s advocacy organizer, Barber is the executive director of Street Safe New Mexico.

“The serial nature of these kinds of crimes is shocking,” said Barber.

Barber’s organization works to help protect vulnerable, homeless and often drug-addicted women who’ve often sold sex on the street. The organization maintains a list of men women should watch out for. Barber says her organization was familiar with Bachicha’s name in the years before he faced rape charges.

“We have heard about Timothy Bachicha long before he was even a suspect in these cases,” said Barber.

A spokesman for the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office confirmed with KRQE News 13 Tuesday that Bachicha is suspected of targeting female sex workers in Albuquerque before he was accused of attacking a woman at random in October 2019.

“People like Timothy Bachicha, the entire reason they are attacking this population is because they have gotten away with it historically,” said Barber.

The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office now says around eight other women have come forward to accuse Bachicha of similar crimes.

The newest rape filed case filed against Bachicha represents one victim where prosecutors got enough cooperation and evidence needed to press charges.

“It is so important that we get men like him to be held accountable for this because he’ll just keep doing it,” said Barber.

Bachicha is currently being held in the Los Lunas prison, serving time on a probation violation tied to a resisting and evading a police officer charge.

While the second rape case is expected to be handled by Bernalillo County prosecutors, federal prosecutors are expected handle the first rape case that Bachicha has been charged in.

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