Man gets 17 years in prison for Portland home invasions, sex attacks
A 35-year-old man who broke into the bedrooms of three Portland females and sexually assaulted two of them was sentenced Monday to more than 17 years in prison.
Each of Juan Carlos Lagunas-Garcia's victims awoke between 4:20 a.m. and 4:40 a.m. and found the stranger standing over them or touching them. He entered through bedroom windows that were unlocked or left ajar, according to court documents filed by the Multnomah County district attorney's office.
Lagunas-Garcia pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree burglary. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Angel Lopez sentenced him to 205 months in prison.
In May 2011, a 14-year-old girl awoke and found Lagunas-Garcia holding a hand over her month and pressing a knife to her neck, court documents said. He slid the knife from her neck toward her chest and slid a finger from her chest down to her inner thigh.
Lagunas-Garcia tried to put tape over her mouth, but she fought him off. He went back out the bedroom window of the apartment in the 10500 block of Southeast Cherry Blossom Drive. The girl was not hurt.
Lagunas-Garcia at one point lived in the same apartment complex as the girl and was an acquaintance of her family, court documents said.
In August 2011, a 17-year-old girl awoke and found Lagunas-Garcia on top of her holding a hand over her mouth and carrying yellow rope, court documents said.
The girl screamed and struggled, and the commotion woke up her grandmother, who shared the girl's room. Lagunas-Garcia escaped through the window of the apartment in the 2600 block of Southeast 112th Avenue.
Police later found one of the girl's bras outside, with semen on it, stuck between the apartment building's siding and a pipe, court documents said. Lagunas-Garcia lived a few blocks away.
In May 2012, a 31-year-old woman awoke up and found Lagunas-Garcia exposing himself as he stood over her. She yelled, and he ran out the front door of her home in the 1900 block of Northeast Davis Street.
The victim followed him far enough to see him get into a dark truck with a sliding window. Police pulled surveillance video from a nearby Plaid Pantry and discovered a truck that matched the victim's description.
Lagunas-Garcia was believed to have seen the woman at a bar and might have followed her home.
Police circulated an image of the truck in the media and received a few tips that led them to Lagunas-Garcia. His DNA was found in the third victim's bed as well as in the second victim's bra, and he was arrested in June.
During his court appearance Monday, Lagunas-Garcia mostly looked down at the table in front of him.
One of his victims glared at him as he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs. He avoided her gaze.
Juan Lagunas-Garcia - ICE HOLD