SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint in her Grantville-area apartment and robbing another woman at gunpoint in the same neighborhood about a month earlier.
Londrea Eugene Raymond, 20, is charged with six felonies in connection with the incidents in late 2009 and early 2010, including oral copulation using force, rape and burglary. Earlier this year, he was also allegedly caught with a handcuff key in jail, leading to an additional misdemeanor charge.
If convicted, Raymond faces more than 183 years in prison, said Deputy District Attorney Lucy Weismantel.
A 30-year-old woman testified at a preliminary hearing last year that she was getting into her car the afternoon of Dec. 30, 2009 when a man demanded her purse, valuables and spare change.
The woman said she didn't say anything and leaned back as the armed robber took her purse off her lap.
A 26-year-old woman testified at the same hearing that she was sexually assaulted and robbed the night of Feb. 3, 2010, after getting home from a class.
The woman said an armed man forced her into a bedroom where he ordered her to perform a sex act on him, then raped her before ordering her again to perform a sex act on him.
The same night of the crime, Raymond was detained with a backpack at a trolley station about 15-20 minutes away from the rape victim's apartment, said
San Diego police Officer Joshua Jauregui.
Inside the backpack were some of the victim's belongings and a black replica pellet gun that looked real but was inoperable, police said.
Cal Fire is at the scene of a wildfire burning off State Route 94 near Church Road in the Campo Indian Reservation.
A small plane crashed Saturday evening near the El Capitan Reservoir, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
Backers of an initiative that would allow San Diego State University to buy the SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley for campus expansion are scheduled to begin seeking petition signatures Saturday.
Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while hiking in the sprawling desert park and struggled in the searing heat with little food or water before they died in a "sympathetic murder-suicide."
Sunshine and higher temperatures are making the return to San Diego County Saturday after intermittent drizzle across the region on Friday.
President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State group's ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the U.S. fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria.
The San Diego Police Department announced Saturday that officers will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations.
The San Diego Gulls allowed power-play and shorthanded goals in the first period and an empty-net goal in the third in a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat Friday night at Stockton.
Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying and tracking down a pair of thieves who have carried out a two-week series of bank robberies this month in the San Diego area.