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 earlier this year will stand trial on 19 felonies including kidnapping and assault.
Hugo Heduardo Munguia-Hernandez Jr., 20, of Redwood City, has pleaded not guilty but was held to answer on all charges Wednesday after a preliminary hearing with four prosecution witnesses and no defense.
If convicted, Munguia-Hernandez faces roughly 20 years to life in prison if convicted of 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.
A man later identified as Munguia-Hernandez allegedly entered the woman’s Edinburgh Street home about 12:30 p.m. March 17. After the woman returned from grocery shopping to find an intruder, he attacked the woman multiple times with a stun gun on her neck, face and arms before binding and gagging her and placing a bag over her head then 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.
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.
Using surveillance footage from on of the four ATM used, San Mateo police identified and arrested Munguia-Hernandez 12 days later.
Police reported finding the Taser and stolen property in Munguia-Hernandez’s home.
Munguia-Hernandez returns to court Aug. 8 to enter a Superior Court plea and potentially set a trial date.
He remains in custody without bail.
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