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Dead Kidnapper Had Long Record

Authorities say the man who kidnapped two Southern California girls at gunpoint yesterday was wanted on rape charges. Roy Ratliff was charged with five counts of sexual assault in the rape of a 19-year-old relative. Bail had been set at three million dollars, but he was never apprehended. Ratliff had an extensive criminal background.

Tamara Brooks and Jacqueline Marris were abducted about 1 a.m. in the Quartz Hill area (of northern Los Angeles County) by Ratliff. The gunman left the girls´ male acquaintances bound with duct tape and fled in one of the victim´s vehicles.

Sheriff´s deputies closed in on the suspect´s stolen Ford Bronco yesterday afternoon and shot him to death. Authorities say both girls were raped during the 12-hour ordeal.

FBI Special Agent Daron Borst says it appears Ratliff was the same man who stole the Saturn from a Las Vegas couple July 18th. Roberta Young said the suspect confronted her outside her Las Vegas home. She said “He shoved me, I was screaming and he ordered me not to, but I kept screaming.” Her husband James Young said he came outside and the suspect demanded all his money. Young said he told the man he could take his money and his car, but not his wife. The Youngs say they are grateful they were both able to escape unharmed.