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Big-rig driver to trial for attempting to kill hitcher
June 14, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Alfonso Suarez-Prendes

A Las Vegas big-rig driver who prosecutors say tried strangling a woman he picked up in the East Bay after she refused his advances in San Mateo will stand trial for attempted murder, a judge ruled after a preliminary hearing.

Alfonso Suarez-Prendes, 49, has pleaded not guilty to the April 4 attack but was held to answer on that felony plus kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon after a judge heard from three prosecution witnesses and no defense.

Suarez-Prendes is accused of wrapping a towing strap around the neck of the hitchhiker who was discovered in San Mateo tied to his driver’s seat arm after someone heard her scream from the vehicle.

He reportedly picked the woman up at an East Bay truck stop and agreed to drive her to San Francisco. Just before 2 p.m., someone called San Mateo police to report the scream and authorities stopped the truck near Ninth Avenue on El Camino Real. Inside, the woman was in the passenger seat with a “load/tow” strap wrapped twice around her neck. The rope was tied to the raised armrest of the driver’s seat.

The woman told police he asked for sex during their trip and grew angry when she said no.

He allegedly grabbed the woman and wrapped the strap around her neck.

He remains in custody without bail. He returns to court June 26 to enter a Superior Court plea and potentially set a jury trial date.



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