Disturbing details emerge in South San Francisco rape case 

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The San Francisco man charged with a vicious kidnapping and rape in an abandoned South San Francisco home forced his victim into a water heater closet, urinated on her and later smashed her face against a bathroom wall and on the toilet tank in a methamphetamine-fueled rage, prosecutors said Tuesday.

More disturbing allegations have emerged since 28-year-old Sergio Cortez was charged Monday with felony counts of kidnapping, forcible oral copulation and forcible rape in connection with the alleged attack on a 25-year-old San Francisco woman.

South San Francisco police say Cortez picked up the woman for sex in The City around 5:30 a.m. The encounter soon became terrifying and brutal, prosecutors say.

He parked in a nearby alley, punched her in the face and forced her into sexual acts at knifepoint, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Then, with the knife at her throat, Cortez allegedly drove her to an abandoned house in South San Francisco. He broke into the home, forced the victim into a water heater closet and urinated on her, Wagstaffe said.

Cortez then called his cousin, who lives nearby. The cousin came over and the two smoked meth. Then the cousin left, leaving Cortez alone with the victim, prosecutors said.

Cortez allegedly forced her into a bathroom and brutally beat her and raped her, Wagstaffe said.

His cousin returned to aid the victim. The cousin called cops, though it was not immediately clear at what point during the attack he made the call.

The cousin brought the victim a change of clothes, then drove Cortez and the woman to his house. He told the victim to shower and also said “he would get her out of this,” Wagstaffe said.

Within 10 minutes, police arrived. Cortez was arrested shortly after, Wagstaffe said.

If convicted of the charges, Cortez faces life in prison. Police say Cortez, who is unemployed, was already on probation for a stolen property conviction.

Cortez was arraigned on the charges Monday but did not enter a plea. He requested a public defender.

He remains in custody on no bail status.

The case was set for Sept. 20 for entry of plea, Wagstaffe said.


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