California man charged in 1994 cold case

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A California man serving a long prison sentence has been charged with tying up and robbing a mall manager in 1994, authorities said Tuesday.

Thomas John Loguidice, 65, was charged Dec. 14 with a felony of kidnapping with intent to commit robbery, along with charges of using a deadly weapon, threat of great bodily harm and a high degree of insensitivity. That’s what the Clara County District Attorney said.

“We don’t forget the victims and we don’t forgive violent crimes,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “Our message to our community is that this agency will use advancing TBEN forensics, detective work and determination to seek justice. Our message to violent criminals is, ‘Don’t do it. You won’t get away with it.'”

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Loguidice is currently serving a 40-year sentence for a 2012 unrelated sexual assault of a child in San Benito County.

Thomas John Loguidice, 65, was charged in connection with a 1994 sex crime against a California mall employee, prosecutors said this week.
(Santa Clara County District Attorney)

Prosecutors said an employee of the President Tuxedo store in the Oakridge Mall in San Jose arrived at work at 10 a.m. on January 13, 1994, and prepared to open the store. Loguidice entered the showroom and forced her into the back storage room at knifepoint, authorities said.

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He then reportedly tied her wrists and tied her to a pipe. After taking some money from the cash register, he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman before fleeing on foot.

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Authorities hit a wall as they investigated the case. Upon reviewing the investigation, a sample of the attacker’s TBEN from the crime scene was found to match an entry in the FBI’s Combined TBEN Index System (CODIS). The entry matched an example provided by Loguidice after his arrest for sex crimes in San Benito County.

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He was not charged with assault because the statute of limitations for that crime expired in 2000, prosecutors said. He is due to appear in court on the new charges on Wednesday.