Victim Has Alleged Rapist Arrested In Coffee-Shop Sting

A rape victim plotting vigilante-style revenge settled instead for arranging her rapist's arrest in a clever coffee-shop sting.

Howard Moore, 24, of San Leandro allegedly choked, robbed and raped a 47-year-old real estate agent in suburban San Francisco on Aug. 16, posing as a prospective buyer during an open house.

Police would not say where the open house was because it could identify the victim, who was showing the home.

During the attack, the woman started to befriend Moore "in an attempt to gain his trust," said Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

She promised not to tell the police and said she'd land him a job interview as a security agent or bodyguard.

The next day, Moore showed up for a supposed job interview at a Starbucks in Hayward, 25 miles southeast of San Francisco.

Sheriff's deputies arrested him on suspicion of rape.

Moore was recently released from state prison after serving 18 months for robbery, Nelson said.

The woman told investigators she concocted the plot to "exact vigilante justice," Nelson said.

"The victim was afraid the suspect would not be sent to prison for the crime."

But at the urging of a relative who had worked as a police officer, she decided instead to call authorities and help get him arrested.


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