Carl DeMaio campaign volunteer Michael Kobulnicky arrested on suspicion of rapeBreaking News, Bottom Highlights Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Michael John Kobulnicky, an extreme right-wing tea party spokesman and a Carl DeMaio volunteer affiliate, was in custody Friday according to reports at 10 News for abducting a pedestrian from the Linda Vista area, later transporting the victim to Fiesta Island and allegedly raping her. Kobulnicky, 50, was investigated by sex-crime detectives Thursday according to San Diego police and his arrest followed shortly thereafter.
The arrest comes in wake of reports that Kobulnicky detained a 56-year-old woman after she accepted a ride and got into his vehicle. As they approached the woman’s residence, Kobulnicky allegedly kept on driving into the Mission Bay area and onto Fiesta Island when he reportedly pulled the woman out of the vehicle and sexually assaulted her.
Kobulnicky drove off from the crime scene after the alleged rape.
The unidentified woman reported the sex crime immediately, but an arrest was not made until investigators were able to gather evidence. After numerous public tips and the production of a surveillance video, Kobulnicky was identified as the alleged assailant.
Kobulnicky has previously aided the DeMaio mayoral campaign through volunteer efforts including phone calls, help with mailers, and grassroot efforts like walking neighborhoods for DeMaio’s mayoral bid. The 50-year-old rape suspect is currently employed as a landscape supervisor according to 10 News.
Kobulnicky is being held without bail as he waits for his arraignment scheduled on Monday afternoon.
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