Redwood City man faces life in prison in brutal attack on student 

A Redwood City man is facing life in prison following the horrible attack on a young student who rented a motel room hoping for a quiet place to study.

Maurice Banks, 44, is accused of punching the young woman multiple times, then strangling her into unconsciousness in the motel room around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 4, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

The woman rented the room at the Garden Motel at 1690 Broadway St. “to have a quiet place to study for finals,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

In the middle of the night, she heard scratching noises at her window at the rear of the motel room. Then, as the suspect entered, the woman tried to run from the room, Wagstaffe said.

The suspect grabbed her from behind, threw her on the bed, punched her multiple times in the face and strangled her until she passed out, Wagstaffe said. When the young woman regained consciousness, her pants were down at her knees and the suspect was standing over her “demanding she orally copulate him,” the district attorney said.

She agreed, but when the suspect turned his head she sprinted from the room and reported the attack.

Banks was arrested several hours later. Police said they found him in another motel room. He faces a half-dozen felony charges including assault with intent to commit rape.

The woman “suffered fractured eye orbit bones and severe facial bruising;” and will need surgery to repair sinus fractures, Wagstaffe said.

Banks is in custody on $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing on the charges is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in a Redwood City courtroom.

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