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Man accused of raping women at knifepoint across San Diego will stand trial

Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 21:58:58-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A man accused of sexually assaulting women at knife-point across San Diego will face trial.

On Tuesday, Judge Maureen F. Hallahan bound over eight felony counts against 19-year-old Seth Roberts.

Three of his alleged victims gave testimony on Tuesday, describing their encounters with him.

The first was an 18-year-old woman who said she had dated Roberts for about two months last year. They had been living in Oklahoma but both decided to hitchhike to California in October.

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The woman, whose name was not released, said they stayed in Los Angeles for a week before coming down to San Diego where they were staying in a tent at a campground.

She told the judge Roberts forcibly raped her one morning, holding her hands above her head.

“I was telling him it was wrong, saying it was rape,” she said.

After, she said Roberts left to go to work and she called a Lyft car which drove her all the way to Arizona where she called police and reported the alleged rape.

The second victim said she met Roberts while walking near the beach in Pacific Beach in November of 2018.

“He seemed like a very nice person,” she said through an interpreter.

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The woman said she is from Brazil but had been living in Washington, DC working as an au pair for a family.

She traveled with them to San Diego for vacation and bumped into Roberts on her day off.

She said he began making small talk and told her his roommate had a Brazilian girlfriend. He convinced her to walk with him towards his apartment to meet her.

But she said before they made it there, he directed her to an area on the side of a home and pulled out a knife.

She told the court that Roberts put his hand down her pants and inserted his finger into her anus while holding a knife to her throat.

“I thought of my family. I thought of my dreams, how much I wanted to come here,” she said. “I could have never imagined this would happen to me.”

A third woman also testified, saying Roberts raped her in her home at knife-point after she refused his advances.

Roberts is being held on $2,000,000 bail. He is due back in court January 6th, 2020.