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Halfway house resident charged with chilling City Heights rape

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 21:20:54-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Details about a woman’s report of a violent rape were revealed in a downtown San Diego courtroom Wednesday as a resident of a nearby halfway house was charged with the crime.

Juan Guzman pleaded not guilty to attacking the woman at 1:40 a.m. December 16 at her home in City Heights.

Prosecutors said the victim was sitting on her bedroom floor in front of a mirror when she heard a noise and thought it was her boyfriend. She then saw the reflection of a man she didn’t know, according to attorneys.

The man put his finger over his mouth and said “Shh”, the woman reportedly told police. He threatened her with a knife and raped her, prosecutors said.

The woman called police, who questioned the man at the halfway house where he lived.

Investigators found the woman’s underwear and the knife underneath Guzman’s mattress, prosecutors said.

A judge set Guzman’s bail at $2 million, saying he was a danger to the community. Guzman’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 3.