SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sentencing was postponed Monday to March 6 for a man who sexually assaulted two escorts in separate Mission Valley attacks and threatened to kill one of the women with an ax.
Brendan Mathis, 32, pleaded guilty last year to forcible rape and assault with intent to commit oral copulation, both during a burglary. He is expected to be sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison.
Mathis was arrested last Jan. 29 after attacking a woman in her Mission Valley apartment. He also admitted a similar attack on Jan. 10, 2014, in which he tased a woman, threatened to kill her and raped her.
Police said both victims were paid escorts.
Deputy District Attorney Mary-Ellen Barrett said the defendant told police after his arrest that "something came over him" and that he targeted the women for their vulnerability.
In the first attack, Mathis tased the woman after she let him into her Mission Valley hotel room, bound her hands and feet, blindfolded her, and told her that he had an ax and was going to kill her, the prosecutor said.
Barrett said Mathis sexually assaulted the victim, then told her to shower. The assault went on for four to five hours, according to the prosecutor.
In the later attack, he tased the victim, got her into a back bedroom in her apartment and tied her hands behind her back, Barrett said.
Mathis was arrested went he walked out on the street.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.