Portola Valley rape suspect convicted on all seven counts


A San Francisco man was found guilty by a jury in Redwood City on Thursday (Aug. 8) of forcible rape of his girlfriend in an incident that took place in Portola Valley in June 2018, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Jairon Juarez, 33, was also convicted on six other felony counts, including one count each of forcible sodomy, threats, robbery and assault, and two counts of felony domestic violence, Wagstaffe said.

Because Juarez used a knife in the commission of the felonies, he will face a sentence of 39 years to life in prison and will remain in San Mateo County Jail on $2 million bail until his sentencing date of Oct. 2, Wagstaffe said.

"The jury deliberated a little over one day, which is a very fast verdict," Wagstaffe said.

Juarez committed the rape after he and his girlfriend went together to clean a closed Portola Valley office building, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The two went into a small bathroom in the building to have sex, at which point Juarez took out a knife, pointed it at the victim's neck and demanded to know if she was cheating on him.

He then knocked her to the floor, swung the knife at her and strangled her with a lanyard of keys around her neck, according to the DA's Office.

Juarez told the victim that he was going to kill her, then sexually assaulted her, the DA's Office said.

The victim fled the building after the incident and Juarez followed, grabbing her and telling her to return to the office, Wagstaffe said.

When she refused, he reportedly took her car keys from her pocket and fled in her car.

The victim then flagged down a firefighter and asked for help, Wagstaffe said.

The girlfriend had reported a prior incident in which the defendant accused her of cheating and then punched her in the face, according to the DA's Office.


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