A Berkeley man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he raped a woman and attempted to rape two other women in a gated apartment complex in unincorporated Walnut Creek, according to Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves. Antonio Andre Mouton, 22, pleaded not guilty to one count of forcible rape, two counts of attempted forcible rape and three counts of residential burglary. He also denied enhancements for allegedly assaulting multiple victims. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Yamaguchi. The three attacks happened at Park Regency Apartments in the 3100 block of Oak Road. Mouton’s mother lives near the apartment complex, according to members of his family. The first attack happened on June 30 when Mouton allegedly knocked on the victim’s door and asked her for a glass of water. While the victim was getting him some water, Mouton allegedly entered the apartment and covered the victim’s mouth with his hand, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said. The victim struggled, pushed the suspect away and screamed, which alerted her boyfriend. Mouton fled before sheriff’s deputies arrived. The second attack happened on July 6 when Mouton allegedly entered another woman’s apartment through an unlocked front door and raped her. The most recent attack happened at about 8:35 a.m. on Aug. 10. The victim was asleep when Mouton allegedly entered her apartment. She woke up when he allegedly put his hand over her mouth and threatened her, Lee said. The victim broke free and sprayed her attacker with pepper spray, and he fled. Investigators identified Mouton as the suspect after the third attack and eventually convinced him to turn himself in at the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station that evening. Investigators said Mouton’s DNA was consistent with DNA collected from the rape victim. Members of Mouton’s family have said they believe he is innocent. Mouton is scheduled to return to Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez on Sept. 9 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.
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