For release on December 20, 2013       CONTACT:   Clarissa Hamilton   Deputy District Attorney   Sexual Assaults Unit   (408) 792-2935       SAN JOSE MAN CHARGED IN STRANGER SEX ATTACKS  
A San Jose janitor has been charged with two violent sex attacks – less than a month apart - on young women who were walking home from work along the same stretch of a busy roadway.   Milton Meza, 29, was arrested after being identified through DNA testing from evidence found after both nighttime assaults.   Meza is charged with kidnapping, rape, and assault with the intent to commit rape. In custody with no bail, the defendant’s next court date is January 21, 2013.   “This case illustrates the combination of excellent police work and the effectiveness of DNA databases,” prosecutor Clarissa Hamilton said.   Around 11:30 p.m. on September 7, 2013, the first victim was attacked as she was walking home from work along a sidewalk beside McKee Road near Interstate 680. The defendant grabbed the 18-year-old and pulled her into some bushes. He choked her, smashed her head against the ground, threatened to kill her, and sexually assaulted the victim. She was helped by a passerby, who saw her on a median strip frantically seeking help.   The second victim was attacked on October 1, 2013 as she was walking home from work at 11:15 a.m. along the same stretch of sidewalk where the previous victim was attacked. In this case, the 20-year-old victim was on the phone with her boyfriend when she was attacked and pulled into the bushes. She managed to get away and ran for help. Police found DNA evidence that led them to the first assault and Meza.   He was arrested on October 4, 2013.   Anyone with information about the cases may contact San Jose Police Detective Michael Nasser at (408) 277-4102.

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