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Alleged robber-rapist used similar MO in previous crimes

Joseph Sivonda

Joseph Sivonda

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Joseph Tyler Sivonda is accused of luring at least five Gwinnett-area escorts to local apartments before robbing and raping them under the threat of violence.

That M.O. is, at least generally, reminiscent of previous crimes that had him behind bars for more than half a decade: bring the victim to me.

Sivonda, 23, has been officially on the lam since the morning of May 2, when Gwinnett County police unsuccessfully executed an arrest warrant at his home off Castor Drive in Norcross. Originally charged with crimes against three female escorts lured to apartments -- including a vacant one in the same complex as the unit he, his brother and mother live in -- at least two more alleged victims have come forward since authorities made their search for him public.

As of Wednesday evening, Sivonda had not been found.

"We're not certain where he is," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said, "or if he's left Gwinnett County."

Documents obtained by the Daily Post revealed that Sivonda, a minor and Berkmar High School student at the time of his conviction, was paroled just six months ago on a 10-year prison sentence. He served more than six years for his involvement in a pair of robberies with a technique -- sexual assault aside -- strikingly similar to the crimes that now have him on the run.

According to information gathered from case files, Sivonda and his brother Kevin, almost exactly a year younger, robbed two taxi cabs after calling them to be picked up at a home on Liberty Hill Drive, located off Arc Way in Norcross.

In both incidents, the brotherly duo had the taxis take them to a nearby shopping center before directing them to an address on Brittany Way, not far from the original scene.

"They ordered the cab driver to take them over to an address over off of Brittany Way, and ... (upon arrival) they brandished a handgun and ordered the cab driver" to hand over cash and cellphones, a Gwinnett County detective testified during a hearing.

Kevin Sivonda also carried out a third robbery himself, authorities said at the time. Both teens claimed to be members of the Anybody Gets It, or "ABG," gang.

Joseph Sivonda was originally given a 20-year sentence, with 10 to be served behind bars. A document granting Sivonda early parole, obtained by the Daily Post, offered no explanation for his release.

He has formally been charged with two counts apiece of armed robbery, rape and aggravated sodomy. Described as 5-foot-7 and about 130 pounds, he has a distinctive neck tattoo that says "India" and another that scrawls his first name down his arm.

Anyone with information on Sivonda is asked to call robbery detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-557-TIPS. Anyone encountering him should call 911.

Kevin Sivonda is not believed a suspect in the current crime spree, Smith said. He was arrested Sunday alongside his mother after police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana while searching for his brother.