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Milton Meza San Jose man charged with two violent sexual assaults

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A San Jose man has been charged with two violent sexual assaults on women that occurred less than a month apart along the same stretch of road after he was identified as a suspect through DNA, Santa Clara County prosecutors said today. Milton Meza, a 29-year-old janitor, has been charged with kidnapping, rape and assault with the intent to commit rape, according to Deputy District Attorney Clarissa Hamilton. Meza is charged in connection with two attacks, the first of which occurred on Sept. 7 around 11:30 p.m. on McKee Road near Interstate Highway 680.

The 18-year-old victim was walking home from work along the sidewalk when a suspect grabbed her and pulled her into some bushes, prosecutors said. He choked her, smashed her head against the ground, threatened to kill her and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.

The victim was helped by a passerby, who saw her waving from a median strip. The second victim, a 20-year-old woman, was also walking home from work around 11:15 p.m. on Oct. 1 when she was attacked, prosecutors said. She was talking on the phone with her boyfriend when a suspect pulled her into the bushes, but she managed to get away and run for help. Police were able to find DNA evidence that linked both cases together and led them to Meza, who was arrested on Oct. 4. Meza is being held without bail, prosecutors said. His next court date is Jan. 21, 2014.

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