Lionel Blanks, 36, of Santa Clara was arrested near his home at 5 p.m. Wednesday by Santa Clara police detectives, according to Palo Alto police spokeswoman Lt. Sandra Brown.
Blanks allegedly brutally attacked a woman after climbing into her 2001 black Mercedes Benz SUV in the 1600 block of El Camino Real in Palo Alto.
She was beaten, abducted and taken to the 400 block of Saratoga Avenue in Santa Clara, where she was sexually assaulted and raped, police reported. She flagged down a passing motorist and called Santa Clara police at 5:24 a.m. After an initial investigation they referred the case to Palo Alto police, according to Brown.
Blanks is initially being charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery and attempted murder. Official charges will be determined by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office.
Blanks' arraignment date has not yet been set, Brown said.
Brown said there was "excellent teamwork" by Palo Alto and Santa Clara police departments, the Stanford Department of Public Safety, the Santa Clara County Crime Lab, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
"We also want to particularly note the cooperation of the news media and to thank the citizens who have called in with information about this case."