He was arrested last year on multiple charges of child molestation.
She believed she had been raped.
Police ed his DNA profile to a law enforcement database and, a few years later, it matched to a name: Paul Ruben Flores. Redondo detectives opened a rape investigation into Flores. She was last seen walking with Flores, a classmate, but without sufficient evidence tying him to the crime, he remained free. For the next quarter of a century, Flores was dogged by his ties to the Smart case.
What appeared on the surface to be a mundane life was in fact one marked by troubling encounters with police. The alleged rape in Redondo Beach, which has not ly been reported, was one of multiple cases in which Flores was suspected of sexually assaulting women. He is also a suspect in two more recent alleged sexual assaults being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities say. Flores, 44, has not been charged with any sex crimes stemming from his time in Southern California.
Neighbors and others who encountered Flores during the 20 years he lived in San Pedro and Lawndale, a small city near Los Angeles International Airport, described him as a solitary man who drank heavily and acted erratically. A few months after moving into her home in San Pedro, Elena Palleschi was putting up a fence when Flores came over and offered to help. After helping her hoist a few two-by-fours into place, Flores invited her over for a glass of red wine, she said.
Kristin Smart case: Images from the investigation and arrest of Paul Flores. She was ready with her answer. Palleschi said she came to know Flores as quick-tempered and prone to fits of anger over parking and his dogs.
He accused neighbors of blocking his driveway with their cars, and Palleschi said he once banged on her door at night, accusing her of spraying his dogs with a hose as she watered her garden. Frank Romero, who has lived next to Flores sincesaid Flores shared few details of his life and never brought up Smart, despite his ties to her case being an open secret among neighbors.
The only time Flores seemed in any mood to socialize, Romero said, was when he was drunk. His clumsy attempts at flirting left the women uncomfortable, Romero said. In Lawndale, where Flores lived in a small back house before moving to San Pedro, neighbors recalled similar behavior.
On a few occasions, he tried to scale a wall between their homes in an attempt to socialize with her family without being asked, she recalled. Flores frequented bars on Artesia Boulevard about a mile from his home, according to the neighbor, who said she worked as a bartender at one of them. She said she believed Flores kept to bars close to his home because he had lost his and Arroyo Grande girl sex walked or rode a bicycle for several years.
Police records show Flores has been convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked. His record includes at least five convictions — one of them a felony — for driving drunk in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, as well as a conviction for being drunk in public, according to court records. And intwo years after Smart disappeared, Flores was arrested by the Huntington Beach police on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, according to a criminal history report filed in court.
Judges have repeatedly ordered Flores to enroll in self-help courses and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as a condition of avoiding jail, according to records filed in a drunk driving case and another in which Flores was convicted of public intoxication.
Flores avoided criminal charges for sexual assault, despite being suspected of assaulting multiple women. Los Angeles Police Det. County prosecutors have not yet decided whether to file charges against Flores, and detectives want to speak with any other potential victims of Flores, Aguirre said. She told police later that she remembered drinking two vodka cocktails, a shot and some beer.
The last thing she could recall was sitting on a bar stool. She had no memory of meeting the man beside her or having sex with him, she told police.
The man pointed her in the direction of Artesia Boulevard and she walked home, still feeling intoxicated. In the police report, the officer noted the woman said she had consumed similar amounts of alcohol on other nights and had not become so incapacitated. Her urine had no trace of date rape drugs, the document says. Fabian Saucedo said. Investigators asked the woman to pick her assailant from a lineup.
Los Angeles County prosecutors chose not to charge Flores with rape. The assault allegations in Southern California could figure into the Smart case.
Because Flores is accused of killing Smart during the commission of a rape, prosecutors may be allowed to raise instances of other, uncharged sexual misconduct to show his propensity for sexual assaults. Along with aging witnesses trying to recall memories from 25 years ago, others who have allegedly crossed paths with Flores more recently could be called to testify.
Matthew Ormseth is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Before ing The Times inhe covered city news and state politics at the Hartford Courant.
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