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Closing arguments in Balboa Park attack

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Closing arguments are underway in the trial against a man accused of attacking a woman on a trail in Balboa Park.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Ameen Bryant chased the woman down and was going to rape her before being scared away by other joggers.

Bryant testified Monday that he was trying to steal the woman's cell phone to trade for drugs, a story prosecutors are urging the jury not to buy.

"His intent wasn't to get her cell phone. It was to rape her. It was to be in control of her, to dominate her, to get on top of her, and that's what he did," Deputy District Attorney Renee Palermo said.

"Is that really supported by the evidence? As many times as the prosecution wants to say it, it doesn't mean that it's true," defense attorney Richard Jayakumar said.

Bryant faces 12 years in prison if convicted on attempted rape charges

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