The Redwood City man who prosecutors say attacked a 66-year-old San Mateo woman with a stun gun and held her hostage for a day after she walked in on him burglarizing her home pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 19 felonies including kidnapping and assault.
Hugo Heduardo Munguia-Hernandez Jr., 20, of Redwood City, appeared in court yesterday for the second time since his arrest in the March 17 incident that sent the woman to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He returns to court April 15 with court-appointed attorney Savas Loukedis to set a preliminary hearing date and remains in custody without bail.
If convicted of the kidnapping charge alone, Munguia-Hernandez faces seven years to life in prison.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe called Munguia-Hernandez one of the most dangerous defendants currently being prosecuted by his office outside of those charged with murder. He is charged with kidnapping, burglary, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a Taser, identity theft, elder abuse, grand theft auto, receiving stolen property and possessing a firearm.
The woman encountered the man later identified as Munguia-Hernandez about 12:30 p.m. after returning home from grocery shopping and finding him in her Edinburgh Street home. The intruder attacked the woman multiple times with a stun neck on her neck, face and arms before binding and gagging her before placing a bag over her head and placing her into a closet. He reportedly showed a handgun and threatened to kill the woman and her family and set the house on fire if she contacted police. As she sat in the closet, the attacker came and went from the home several times to use the woman’s ATM card and remove goods like a television and jewelry.
Surveillance footage from on of the four ATM uses would later lead San Mateo police to Munguia-Hernandez 12 days later.
The next day, the suspect forced the woman to strip and shower to remove the tape marks from her face. After he left for good, the woman was able to free herself and call police.
Police reported finding in Munguia-Hernandez’s home the Taser and stolen property.
Munguia-Hernandez has no prior criminal history in San Mateo County.
Loukedis did not return a call for comment.
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