PALMDALE – A violent paroled rapist, wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department for cutting off his GPS monitor, was captured early Wednesday morning in Palmdale, authorities said.
Joseph Serapiglia was found hiding under a mattress in a Palmdale home’s garage by deputies who were responding to a burglary alarm, according to Sgt. Dave Sauer of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
The 43-year-old registered sex offender was arrested around 3:39 a.m. and held without bail at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station jail, according to LASD inmate records.
The arrest ended a nearly weeklong search for Serapiglia. The LAPD had issued a community alert calling Serapiglia “a dangerous felon who has exhibited a violent nature and is a threat to the communities of Southern California. “
“On December 19, 2014, Serapiglia was last seen near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard in the city of Panorama City. He cut off his court ordered GPS monitor device and escaped to an unknown location,” LAPD officials said in the community alert.
Early Wednesday morning, deputies were dispatched to “an audible burglary alarm” at 36712 Auburn Court in Palmdale, Sgt. Sauer stated in a news release.
When deputies got to the home, they first encountered a 40-year-old man named Adrian Madrigal, who had set off the alarm by opening a door to the garage, Sauer stated.
Madrigal told deputies he knew the owner of the house, but he was detained and ultimately arrested for possession of drugs, Sauer stated.
“Deputies searched the garage and found Joseph Serapiglia hiding under a mattress and detained him. He gave several false names before coming clean with his true identity,” Sauer stated.
Madrigal told deputies he and Serapiglia met a few years ago in jail, and the two rode the Metrolink to Palmdale, Sauer stated.
“Madrigal suggested they stay with an acquaintance of his, which took them to the location of the alarm call,” Sauer stated in the news release.
Serapiglia was sentenced in 1991 to 42 years in prison for attempted murder and rape. After serving 23 years of his sentence, he was released in April to live in the community of San Fernando, Calif., LAPD officials said in the community alert.