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David Velasquez Charged with Attempting to Rape Teacher at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City

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A former Redwood City high school student charged with trying to rape one of his teachers at knifepoint is scheduled to appear in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday. David Velasquez, 20, who has been charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to commit rape, false imprisonment and making criminal threats, will appear in court for a pretrial conference at 1:30 p.m., according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

On Jan. 23, Velasquez allegedly waited for a female teacher in a parking garage at Summit Preparatory Charter High School, located at 890 Broadway, according to police. Velasquez allegedly grabbed the teacher from behind, put a knife to her side and ordered her to walk to her car and get in, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The teacher recognized Velasquez’ voice and intentionally dropped her keys to delay him, Wagstaffe said. The attacker then pushed the woman to the ground and tried to pry her legs apart with his elbow, prosecutors said. Another teacher entered the garage and screamed at the man, and he got up and ran away. Velasquez was taken into custody later that evening, police said. The defendant remains in custody on $1,000,000 bail. The case is set for jury trial on Feb. 19.

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