A 17-year-old Hayward boy accused of posing as a magazine salesman to attack two women working in a residential care home pleaded not guilty to multiple felonies including attempted rape, assault with the intent to commit rape and residential burglary. Christopher Joseph Cortez is also charged with misdemeanor false imprisonment. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered to stand trial Oct. 26. He also returns to court Sept. 29 for a pretrial conference.
San Mateo police arrested Cortez March 19 after two women in their 50s reported being held against their will by a man who came to their residential care home workplace in the 2600 block of Holland Street and claimed to be selling magazine subscriptions. The assailant fled after the women fought back. Police found Cortez nearby in a van with other magazine salespeople. Both women later identified Cortez as the attacker.
Although Cortez is a juvenile, prosecutors charged him as an adult under California’s Proposition 21. If convicted of all charges, he faces 15 years to life in prison. Cortez remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail at the Youth Services Center.