EL MONTE (CNS) - El Monte police have released a photo of an 18-year- old gang member suspected of raping a female college student working as a  convenience store cashier.

   The rape occurred Saturday night when the victim was closing the store,  El Monte police Detective David Avalos said. The suspect blocked the exit, and  dragged her to the rear of the store where he raped her, Avalos said.

   Joseph Leo Amaya has been identified as the suspect and detectives have  been searching for him, Avalos said.

   Amaya has a tattoo on his right forearm that reads ``EMF'' and may have  a tattoo on his neck as well. He is considered dangerous.

   Amaya is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has short black  hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants  and black slippers.

   Anyone with information on Amaya's whereabouts was asked to call Avalos  at (626) 258-8842.

Posted by Donald Morrison