A 21-year-old transient grabbed a woman crossing the San Mateo Caltrain station stairs to the other side of the tracks and covered her mouth before she was able to fight her way free on Sunday night, according to prosecutors.
The woman spotted Fernando Chamale-Boch standing in a dark hallway as she approached the stairwell about 7 p.m. Oct. 20 and turned to go back up, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Chamale-Boch reportedly grabbed her by the waist, blocking her mouth as she screamed, and pulled her 6 feet down the stairs as she punched and scratched at his face.
The woman was able to get away and call 911. Responding officers found Chamale-Boch later that night and reported him having scratches on his face. The woman also identified Chamale-Boch as her attacker.
He denied any involvement.
Prosecutors charged Chamale-Boch with kidnapping with the intent of rape, assault with the intent to rape, false imprisonment and battery. At his initial arraignment, he requested a court-appointed attorney and put off a plea to the charges until Nov. 5 when he can identify his lawyer.
Judge Stephen Hall set bail at $2 million and Chamale-Boch remains in custody.