A Santa Ana man accused of forcibly raping three prostitutes is scheduled to go on trial this morning–with a possible life sentence handing over his head.
Oscar David Duenas, 29, is charged with three
felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of forcible oral
copulation, and one felony count each of criminal threats, false
imprisonment by violence, kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, and
second degree robbery.
Duenas also faces sentencing enhancements and allegations
for the personal use of a firearm, the personal use of a firearm in the
commission of a sexual assault, and committing sexual assaults against
multiple victims, as opening statements are heard this morning in Santa Ana.
On three separate dates between Sept. 20 and Oct. 2, 2009, Duenas
is accused of picking up women working as prostitutes in Garden Grove and driving them in his Lexus sedan to a
bank to withdraw cash from his account and then on to a residential area to have sex with them.
But once parked, Duenas allegedly threatened each woman
with death if they did not do as he said. Two of the women later told
Garden Grove police he showed them a gun while making his threats, while
the third says he told her he had a firearm on him.
Duenas is accused of forcibly raping the three women and making two of
them blow him. He is further alleged to have stolen one woman's money at
One woman reported she was raped the following day, another told
police immediately and cops were contacted after the third went to the
hospital. None knew one another, according to prosecutors. Garden Grove
police arrested Duenas on Oct. 16, 2009.
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