Ventura Woman Sentenced For "Nightmare Date"

Monday September 9, 2019

     A Ventura woman whose Online date with a man turned into a nightmare for the man has been sentenced to three years in state prison.

   Prosecutors say that on February 24th of this year, the male victim arranged a date through social media with a then 18-year-old Brisa Sotelo-Torres (she's now 19).

   They met downtown and after a short period of time, Sotelo-Torres contacted a male friend to join them and the three drove up to the hills above Ventura City Hall in the male victim's vehicle.

   Prosecutors say it is then that her male friend produced a gun and pointed it at the male victim.

   The male victim was robbed of his property and carjacked.

   He was ordered out of his clothes and then out of his vehicle and they drove off in his vehicle, stranding him near Grant Park.

   The victim's car was later found abandoned in the midtown area.

   Sotelo-Torres and her male friend/accomplice were ultimately identified, tracked down, and arrested.

   She pleaded guilty to carjacking and was sentenced to three years in prison.

   The male accomplice with the gun, 19-year-old Joe Rodriguez-Saldana of Ventura, has pleaded guilty to robbery and use of a gun and will be sentenced on October 23rd.