Kidnapping, rape allegations officially charged for San Francisco man 

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The San Francisco man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman in a vacant South San Francisco home last Thursday was officially charged for the crime on Monday.

Sergio Cortez, 28, faces one count of felony kidnapping in order to commit a sexual assault, another count of forcible oral copulation and a third for forcible rape in connection with the alleged attack on a 25-year-old San Francisco woman.

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Cortez was arraigned on the charges Monday but did not enter a plea, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. If convicted, Cortez could face life in prison, Wagstaffe said.

South San Francisco police say Cortez picked up the woman for sex in San Francisco around 5:30 a.m.

He parked nearby, then forced the woman into the backseat of his car and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint, police said. He then drove the woman to a vacant home in South San Francisco, where he raped her a second time, police said.

Cortez’ cousin reportedly lives in the home next door to the vacant house and called police regarding the alleged kidnapping and rape. Cortez was arrested near the crime scene, police said.

Police say Cortez was on probation for a stolen property conviction.

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