RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — A former Westminster police detective has killed himself just hours before he was to be sentenced after being found guilty of raping a 24-year-old woman he abducted from a mall.
Back in 2010, the victim was leaving her cocktail waitress job at Dave & Buster’s in the Ontario Mills Mall, when 33-year-old Anthony Nicholas Orban forced her at gunpoint to drive to a strip mall in Fontana. There he proceeded to beat and sexually assault the woman for more than an hour. Luckily, she was able to escape out of an unlocked door of her SUV and Orban fled the scene.
It didn’t take police long to identify Orban as a suspect as his dumbass left his registered service revolver in the victim’s vehicle. He was arrested, charged, and kicked off the force. He pleaded not guilty and insulted a jury’s intelligence by claiming he was insane at the time of the attack.
He said that a dose of the drug Zoloft had triggered hallucinations and suicidal and homicidal fantasies days before the rape and that since he does not recall committing the crime, he should not be held accountable for his actions.
The jury didn’t buy this defense and found Orban guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of forced oral copulation, two of sexual penetration with a foreign object, one count of making a criminal threat, and a sentence enhancement of using a firearm in commission of a kidnapping. The Aristocrats!
The judge didn’t buy it either, and was prepared to sentence Orban to 82 years to life in prison, followed by a 95-year sentence. Orban’s attorney says he doesn’t believe that Orban knew what his sentence was about to be, but that he expected the worse. So hours before he was to learn his fate, Orban hanged himself in his jail cell.
The victim was allowed to give her victim impact statement on Friday, despite Orban not being able to hear it because he lacked a pulse. The judge said she allowed the victim to read her statement in court so that she could get closure. Had Orban decided not to hang around his cell, he would have heard his victim read:
“I am disappointed that a person in your position would behave in such a way, not to mention the fact that you tried to get away with it instead of owning up to your actions like a real man. What you did has not only affected me and my family, or you and yours, but other officers and servicemen, as well; and due to YOUR actions, you have given the general public more reason to distrust them. You are an utter disgrace to the honorable men and women who actually take their jobs seriously.”
She also said she has been battling PTSD for two years and was in shock for four months after the attack. Orban’s longtime friend, Jeff Jelinek, pleaded guilty to being an accessory to a crime and agreed to testify against Orban. He is facing a sentence of five years and four months in prison for trying to help Orban cover up his crime.Tags: Abduction, Anthony Nicholas Orban, California, Erinn, Police, Rape, Zoloft