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Rape of an unconscious victim

April 8, 2020

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Sunday, June 9, 2019, at about 7:24 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Morongo Basin Station, responded to the 69200 block of Cactus Drive in Twentynine Palms after getting a report of a rape of an unconscious person.

After investigation, it was discovered a group of civilians and active duty Marines drank alcohol at the incident location and spent the night. In the early morning hours, witnesses saw Juan Cruz-Cornejo (23 of Oceanside) engaged in a sexual act with the unconscious victim. Cruz-Cornejo, an active duty Marine, fled the location and his whereabouts were unknown.

During the investigation, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cruz-Cornejo.

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Detective Benjamin Henry was notified that Cruz-Cornejo turned himself in at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Henry responded to the base and arrested Cruz-Cornejo. He was booked into Central Detention Center for rape of an unconscious person and he is being held in lieu of a $200,000 bail.

Anyone with information related to the investigation, is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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