EL CAJON, Calif.—A homeless parolee pleaded not guilty Thursday tokidnapping and rape charges stemming from the alleged abduction and sexualassault of a 15-year-old girl and a similar attack on a woman in East County.
David Joseph Lascelles, 49, was ordered held on $1 million bail.
After the two arrived at a Wal-Mart store in unincorporated El Cajon,Lascelles allegedly pulled a pistol on the girl, took her cell phone and forcedher to lie on the floor of his Mitsubishi Eagle.
He then took the El Cajon resident to the Fiesta Island area of MissionBay, where he sexually assaulted her and held her captive for several hours,the sergeant alleged. About 4 p.m., Lascelles drove to Alpine and dropped theteenager off at the home of one of her relatives, White said.
After being freed, the girl immediately reported the purported crimes.
Early Tuesday afternoon, members of a fugitive task force caught up withthe suspect at a business in the 1200 block of Imperial Avenue in the EastVillage district of downtown San Diego and took him into custody withoutincident.
The suspect, who met the alleged victim last year through one of herfamily members, has served prison time for kidnapping and burglary convictions,according to White. Lascelles apparently has been living in his vehicle forsome time, the sergeant said.
Prosecutors said Lascelles is also charged in connection with a similarassault on a woman in El Cajon.
Lascelles faces a maximum of 142 years to life if convicted, accordingto prosecutors.