VISTA, Calif.—A just-paroled rapist accused of exposing himself to two girls in Vista and trying to run one of them down with his truck must stand trial for felony assault with a deadly weapon and other counts, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Andres Hernandez Camarena faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Samira Seidu.
Vista Judge Timothy Casserly ruled after an afternoon preliminary hearing that enough evidence had been presented for Hernandez, 36, to stand trial Nov. 16 on charges of felony assault and misdemeanor indecent exposure and lewd conduct.
According to sheriff's officials, Hernandez was released from prison Sept. 11.
The next day, the defendant allegedly was masturbating in his truck on Massachusetts Avenue and called over the 15- and 17-year-old girls, saying he was lost and needed directions, according to authorities.
When one of the girls took a photo of the defendant's license plate with her cell phone, Hernandez allegedly put the truck in reverse and tried to run her down, sheriff's officials said.
Deputies said Hernandez got outfitted for a parolee tracking device on Sept. 13, but later cut it off.
He was arrested Sept. 17 in a traffic stop on West Vista Way near North Melrose Drive in Vista.