LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Las Cruces police officers arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly raping a 71-year-old woman after he broke into her home, according to a department spokesperson.Daniel Guzman, 22, faces several charges including two counts of criminal sexual penetration with injury and two counts of criminal sexual contact with injury following his arrest Friday morning.
Guzman's bond was initially set at $100,000 cash only. However, District Court Judge Richard Jacquez reduced the bond to $15,000 during his first court appearance Monday.
The Third Judicial District Attorney's Office argued in court the bond should be at $200,000, but a statement from the district attorney's office said Jacquez denied that request.
“On behalf of the people of Doña Ana County, we are extremely disappointed that the state’s recommendation for bond was denied,” Deputy District Attorney Davis Ruark said in the statement. “We are concerned about the victim’s safety, as well as the safety of the community as a whole. We will continue to fight to protect the residents of the county and to ensure that justice is achieved.”
Police believe Guzman entered through a window and was standing in her bedroom when she woke up after midnight. LCPD said Guzman then overpowered the woman and raped her several times.
Guzman was found at a nearby residence.
"Guzman was combative with officers and force had to be used to take him into custody," LCPD Public Information Officer Dan Trujillo said.
Officers received the call about the sexual assault around 1 a.m. and found the woman injured inside her home. They also saw evidence of a break-in.
Other charges against Guzman include two counts of tampering with evidence and one count each of kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, resisting or obstructing an officer, and breaking and entering.
Guzman faces 67 years in prison if convicted.