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Man accused of ‘dumping’ unconscious women in Oakland pleads no contest

OAKLAND – A man pleaded no contest on Wednesday to two counts of attempted murder and one count of forcible rape for violently assaulting three prostitutes in Oakland three years ago.

Alameda County prosecutors said on separate occasions Luis Enrique Garcia, w 25, picked up the women in his car, agreed to pay them for sex but after the sex acts began or during themno he choked them until they passed out.

They said he then dumped their half-naked bodies in the woods, or in the streets of Oakland in one case.

All three women survived and testified against him at his preliminary hearing in January 2018.

Garcia’s plea agreement calls for him to receive a term of 25 years to life in state prison when Alameda County Superior Court Judge James Cramer sentences him on March 8.

The attacks occurred on Oct. 11, Nov. 12 and Dec. 1, 2016.Oakland police said Garcia gave a full confession after he was arrested on Dec. 8, 2016.

At Garcia’s preliminary hearing in January 2018 a sex worker testified that she thought she would die when Garcia choked her and hit her with his car three times after they had sex near the Fruitvale BART station
in Oakland in October 2016.

The woman, whose name wasn’t disclosed in court, said she had consensual sex with Garcia in the back seat of his red SUV after they met near the Fruitvale BART station in the early morning hours of Oct. 11, 2016.

The woman, who’s now 22, said she told Garcia that it was time to go after they had sex, for which he paid her $80, but then he “squeezed my neck for a few minutes.”

The woman said she passed out and when she woke up she realized that they were in his car in a remote location in the Oakland hills.

The woman said she tried to get out of Garcia’s car but she couldn’t because the child safety lock had been activated.

The sex worker said Garcia finally allowed her to get out of his SUV but then he hit her with it three times when she tried to run away.

The woman, who broke down in tears at one point, said, “I felt worried and scared and thought I was going to die.”

She said when she finally was able to run out of the range of Garcia’s car she hid in a canal in the hills for about half an hour because he was still looking for her and she could hear the sound of his engine.

The woman, who said she was cut up and bleeding, said she ultimately banged on the door of a nearby house and the homeowner called police, who came to her aid.

Garcia’s attorney Stephen Avilla couldn’t be reached for comment on the plea agreement.

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