A suspect accused of waiting in a Fremont home Sunday to commit a brutal sexual assault and robbery has been charged with 12 felonies, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Jamala Morris, 34, is charged with four counts of forced sexual penetration with a foreign object, attempted sodomy by use of force, robbery, burglary, assault likely to cause great bodily injury, false imprisonment, attempted robbery, sexual assault during a burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon, prosecutors said.
He was scheduled to make his initial appearance in court today. Police allege that Morris was broke into a home in the 41200 block of Paseo Padre Parkway early Sunday morning and waited for the residents to come home. He allegedly was in a bedroom of one of the residents’ wearing a mask, gloves and carrying a sawed-off shotgun. When the woman came home, he allegedly assaulted her then bounded her with duct tape over her hands and mouth.
The woman’s mother heard the commotion and came into the bedroom where Morris allegedly tied her up with duct tape as well. He then took the mother into the home’s living room, sexually assaulted her and took her wallet and purse, police said. When a man who also lived there came home, the suspect was startled, turned the gun on the man and left, according to police. The man unbound the two women and called police. Police said that based on the evidence including witness statements, video surveillance and phone evidence investigators concluded Morris was a suspect in the case and arrested him at his Fremont home at about 10:45 a.m.
Investigators searched Morris’s residence and police said they found the victim’s wallet and purse, duct tape and the sawed-off shotgun allegedly used in the crime. Police said that in a subsequent interview, Morris confessed to the crimes in detail. He told investigators that he did not know the victims but had seen them in passing before, police said.
In addition to the charges, prosecutors said that Morris has three prior felony convictions — a second-degree robbery conviction from 1999 and convictions for evading an officer and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs from earlier this year. Police are still trying to determine if Morris might be involved in any other similar crimes. Anyone with information has been asked to call Fremont police at (510) 790-6900.
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