Convicted Sex Offender Charged with Sexually Assaulting Two Corona Women
CORONA – A convicted sex offender accused of assaulting two Corona women was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony sexual battery and other offenses.
Miguel Angel Vazquez, 29, was arrested Sunday following a Corona Police Department investigation.
Along with the battery counts, Vazquez is charged with two counts of sexual penetration causing bodily injury and one count each of robbery and witness intimidation, with a sentence-enhancing allegation of targeting multiple victims, as well as probation violations.
The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail, was slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to Corona police Sgt. Robert Montanez, the first alleged attack happened Friday afternoon in the 1100 block of Magnolia Avenue, where Vazquez allegedly forced himself on a woman, groping her before fleeing.
Montanez alleged that, shortly before noon on Sunday, the defendant targeted another woman in Mountain Gate Park in the 3200 block of South Main Street.
“Officers learned the suspect approached the victim, sexually battered her and stole her cell phone,” the sergeant said.
The victim immediately called 911, and patrol officers canvassed the area with the aid of a Riverside Police Department helicopter crew.
Montanez said that, relying on the victim’s description, officers were able to locate the alleged assailant three hours later in the area of Filbert and Ford streets, where Vazquez was taken into custody without incident.
“Miguel is a registered sex offender with an extensive criminal history,” the Corona police spokesman said.
Court records show the defendant has prior convictions for statutory rape of a minor, sexual battery, domestic violence, stalking and making criminal threats.
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