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CrimeSF man pleads not guilty to kidnapping, raping 74-year-old woman

22:10  23 may  2019
22:10  23 may  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

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A man accused of kidnapping a 74-year-old woman off an Excelsior neighborhood street in broad daylight before repeatedly raping her and leaving her semi-conscious on the sidewalk pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court.

Manuel Jesus Amador, 47, wore orange jail garb and had his hands cuffed behind his back during a brief arraignment, where he addressed the judge through an interpreter and waived his right to a preliminary hearing before being escorted back to jail.

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Judge Christine Van Aken did not rule on the prosecutors’ motion to have Amador held without bail, giving his attorney, Tal Klement, more time to respond to the motion.

Court documents allege that Amador kidnapped the woman the morning of May 10 as she was walking along Prague Street near McLaren Park. At around 8 a.m., Amador dragged her into a home, locked her in a room and repeatedly raped her for four to five hours, prosecutors wrote.

As he forced her into the home, a pit bull that belonged to his roommate bit the victim’s ankle, left hip and feet, police said.

Amador admitted to raping the woman after being advised of his rights, prosecutors said.

“We’re going to take this time to carefully look at the evidence in this case rather than rush to judgment,” Klement said after the hearing. “We’re going to evaluate all the evidence, including looking at the circumstances and context of any statements he made during police interrogations.”

Amador was charged with rape and kidnapping with a special enhancement for elder abuse. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Amador is scheduled to return to court June 12.

Ashley McBride is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Ashleynmcb

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