Teenager locked young girl in dark cupboard full of spiders so he could terrify child to rape her SOPHIE FLOWERS 16 FEB 2017
SAN DIEGO — A woman testified Friday that she was sexually assaulted at knifepoint by an intruder during a visit to her boyfriend’s home in Del Cerro in which his 74-year-old mother was stabbed to death.
The testimony came as a preliminary hearing got underway for 21-year-old Eduardo Torres, who is charged with murder and special circumstance allegations of murder during a rape, murder during oral copulation, murder during a burglary and murder that involved torture.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has yet to decide whether Torres, who also faces charges of forcible oral copulation, assault during a burglary and torture, would face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted.
The sexual assault victim testified that she was sleeping with boyfriend upstairs on the night of June 12 when she heard a large noise that sounded like someone was smashing a glass window.
The woman, then 50, said her boyfriend went downstairs and was arguing with the defendant when his mother, Ut Nguyen, emerged from a bedroom.
The witness said she went into a bedroom and locked the door because she was scared, but opened it because she thought the intruder was going to break it down.
She said Torres pushed her and Nguyen into the bedroom and locked the door.
Nguyen was saying, “Please let me go, I’m old,” the witness testified.
She said she was pushed down onto the bed by the suspect and ordered to perform a sex act on him at knifepoint. She said she knew what he wanted her to do, but tried to delay because she thought her boyfriend — who was forced outside — had called the police.
She said Torres became angry when she was slow to give him the sex that he wanted.
“I was afraid he would hurt me or he would kill me,” she said, adding that she was stabbed in one arm and cut on the other. “He was very forceful and very demanding.”
The woman said she didn’t see Nguyen stabbed, but assumed so because (Nguyen) screamed every time Torres waived his knife around.
The preliminary hearing will resume Tuesday. When testimony is complete, Judge David Rubin will decide whether enough evidence was presented for Torres to stand trial.
A young Hueytown man faces multiple felony charges for his reported relationship with a teen girl he met online.
Joshua Anthony Shipley, 20, was arrested Tuesday. Hueytown police Sgt. Mark Didcoct said Shipley met a 14-year-old girl online, went to pick her up and brought her back to his residence where they spent several days together.
The girl lived in Alabama but outside of Jefferson County. She had been reported missing by her family on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Didcoct said they were able to determine where she might be, and that led them to Shipley.
The girl has since been returned to her family. Because of her age and the nature of the charges, police aren't releasing too many details. "She was at his house for several days," Didcoct said. "She disclosed activities that brought on the charges."
Shipley is charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes, interference with custody, second-degree sodomy and second-degree rape. He remained in the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday with bonds totaling $90,000. All four of the charges against Shipley are felonies.