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Trial begins for transient parolee facing kidnapping and raping charges

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EL CAJON (CNS) - A preliminary hearing will be held in El Cajon Tuesday for a transient parolee facing kidnapping and rape charges stemming from the alleged abduction and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl and a similar attack on a woman in East County.

Sheriff's investigators said David Lascelles, 50, got together with the alleged victim the morning of Dec. 6, 2010, on the pretense of taking her Christmas shopping.

After the two arrived at a Wal-Mart store in unincorporated El Cajon, Lascelles allegedly pulled a pistol on the girl, took her cell phone and forced her to lie on the floor of his Mitsubishi Eagle.

He then took the El Cajon resident to the Fiesta Island area of Mission Bay, where he sexually assaulted her and held her captive for several hours, Sgt. Justin White alleged.

About 4 p.m., Lascelles drove to Alpine and dropped the teenager off at the home of one of her relatives, according to White, who said the girl immediately reported the alleged crimes.

The next day, members of a fugitive task force caught up with the suspect at a business in the 1200 block of Imperial Avenue in the East Village district of downtown San Diego and took him into custody without incident.

Lascelles, who met the teen in 2009 through one of her family members, has served prison time for kidnapping and burglary convictions, according to White. Lascelles apparently had been living in his vehicle for some time, the sergeant said.

Prosecutors said Lascelles also is charged in connection with a similar assault on a woman in El Cajon.

After Tuesday's preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if enough evidence was presented for Lascelles to stand trial. The defendant faces a maximum of 142 years to life if convicted, according to prosecutors.

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