Local man arrested for sexual assault
Authorities arrested a 28-year-old Auburn man Monday evening for allegedly sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend and holding her prisoner in his car overnight.
Ryan Alexander Gardinier, was booked on suspicion of inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant, violating a court order to prevent domestic violence, oral copulation and false imprisonment.
According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Gardinier dated the 46-year-old Grass Valley woman last year. Last month, the victim reported Gardinier to law enforcement for domestic violence, and got a restraining order against him, Sheriff Keith Royal said.
The two had reportedly decided to talk about the status of their relationship, and Gardinier picked the victim up at her home at about 10 p.m. Sunday. He drove her to Steep Hollow, which is near Lowell Hill Road, according to the sheriff’s department.
After he parked his car in a secluded area off Lowell Hill Road, he assaulted the victim and physically battered her, Royal said. The suspect kept his car locked and the woman was not able to escape. Afterward, both of them fell asleep in the car.
The victim woke up before Gardinier, Royal said, and was able to unlock his car and slip out. She got a ride home with a passerby.
She returned to her home at about 8 a.m. and called the sheriff’s office several hours later. She was assisted by sexual assault advocates and treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for pain-related injuries to her ribs, head, back and buttocks.
Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Gardinier’s parents’ home Monday evening, where Gardinier had reportedly barricaded himself inside with some sort of firearm, Royal said.
He was eventually talked out of the home and arrested. His bail was set at $25,000.
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