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Man accused in 2 rapes, kidnapping pleads not guilty

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Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, 33, is accused of raping two young neighbor women at his North County apartment before kidnapping one of them and holding her captive overnight. Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, 33, is accused of raping two young neighbor women at his North County apartment before kidnapping one of them and holding her captive overnight.
Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, 33, is seen here in an older photo. Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, 33, is seen here in an older photo.

VISTA (CNS) - A registered sex offender accused of raping two neighbors at his North County apartment, then abducting one of the young women and holding her captive overnight, pleaded not guilty Thursday to numerous felony charges.

Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, a 33-year-old parolee, was ordered held on $4 million bail.

A 20-year-old Vista woman reported Monday night that she had been sexually assaulted by a neighbor at the South Santa Fe Drive apartment complex where she lives, according to sheriff's officials.

The woman told detectives that a 19-year-old friend of hers also had been raped by the same long-haired man, then threatened with a knife and taken against her will in a charcoal-gray 2005 Toyota Corolla owned by the older woman, Lt. Larry Nesbit said.

About 9 a.m. Tuesday, the abductor dropped the teenager off near her residence and drove away in an unknown direction, authorities said.

The victims identified the alleged assailant as Stutzman, a parolee-at-large and a resident of the apartment complex where both women live. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon at an Oceanside motel.

Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza alleged that Stutzman bound, gagged and blindfolded the victims before having them model women's lingerie.

The defendant also tied one of the women to a shower rail, the prosecutor told Judge Marshall Hockett.

Stutzman is charged with rape, kidnapping for sexual purposes, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. He faces a maximum of 307 years to life in prison if convicted.

Stutzman was convicted in 2002 of sexually assaulting an Escondido woman and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was paroled in August 2009.

The defendant will be back in court June 13 for a readiness conference and June 16 for a preliminary hearing.

 

 

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