Las Cruces woman, 71, allegedly raped by intruder

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - A 22-year-old Las Cruces man accused of breaking into a 71-year-old woman's home and raping her is out of jail after having his bond drastically reduced.

Daniel Guzman is charged with a laundry list of crimes including two counts of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of criminal sexual contact, two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of kidnapping.

Guzman was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he was being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

On Monday, prosecutors with the 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office asked Magistrate Judge Richard Jacquez to increase the bond to $200,000.

Instead, Jacquez reduced Guzman's bond to $15,000 and Guzman bonded out Monday afternoon.

According to court documents, Las Cruces Police were dispatched a mobile  home park in the 1000 block of Avenida Encantada. They met with the 71-year-old victim who was bleeding from her arm and noted that the front window of her mobile home had been broken.

Investigators learned that after midnight the woman woke up to find a neighbor, identified as 22-year-old Daniel Guzman, at the end of her hallway. Guzman allegedly told the woman "I want to (expletive) you." before he walked down the hallway, turned her lamp on and jumped on top of her in an attempt to restrain her.

The two became involved in a scuffle and the woman attempted to hit Guzman over the head with an alarm clock, according to court documents. Guzman was able to overpower the woman before sexually assaulting and beating her.

"We found evidence that he tried to break into two other windows in that residence. The 71-year-old woman who was there, she had her place locked up, had her windows closed, this guy went out of his way to make entry into that house and do what he did," said Dan Trujillo, a spokesperson for LCPD.

The woman told officers that Guzman lived nearby and was known to nearby residents. Officers arrived at the home Guzman was staying at where he allegedly became combative with officers and they say they had to use force against him to take him into custody.

During an interview with Guzman's grandmother, police say she told them he'd previously been convicted of raping a 3-year-old boy and the family knew him to be "sexually deviant." She told officers that she stopped letting him come to her house except for her taking him to his psychiatric appointments. She advised officers that he's broken into her own home several times and she'd been forced to call police on him before.

Police ask anyone who may have more information about Guzman, which can help their investigation, to contact their office.

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