He looked just like Ricky Martin, but Mexican police say a Tijuana lawyer was actually a brutal rapist, who used his appearance to trick star-struck young girls.
Juan Francisco Kuñasich Gamero was arrested by police in Tijuana on March 31, charged with attacks on two American teens, and authorities believe more victims may yet come forward.
The 28-year-old Tijuana resident won a Ricky Martin look-alike contest in Las Vegas several years ago, Mexican authorities say, and dressed and cut his hair to match the famous Puerto Rican singer.
Detective Alejandro Avilez Lopez, of the Baja California attorney general's office, said the resemblance was more striking in person than in file photos.
"I myself had to do a double-take when I first saw him," said Avilez Lopez, who is investigating the case.
"He used his looks and the charm to get his women. Soon after, the other personaility emerged and was a total monster to them."
Police: Suspect Met Girls in Discos and Bars
Police say on Oct. 2 of last year, a 19-year-old American met Kuñasich Gamero in a Tijuana disco, where he passed himself off as Ricky Martin.
He offered to drive her home, where he hit, raped and threatened to kill her, police charge.
Kuñasich Gamero is also accused of attacking another American woman he met in a bar last August. The 19-year-old told police she was drinking and blacked out, and woke up naked in Kuñasich Gamero's apartment.
He assaulted and threatened her, she said.
The woman called police in San Diego when she returned to the United States, and they passed the information on to Mexican authorities, San Diego police Sgt. Bob Lopez said.
The names of the two women, both described as petite blonds, have not been released.
San Diego authorities are cooperating with Mexican police, but since the alleged attacks occurred outside the United States, Kuñasich Gamero has not been charged here, Lopez said.
Mexican investigators say two more alleged victim have come forward, and police have also charged Kuñasich Gamero with molesting a 12-year-old girl.
They believe he used a "date-rape" drug on some of his victims.
If convicted of the various felony charges against him, the pop star impersonator could face life in prison.