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Friday, 07 June 2013 09:06

Man Convicted of Sexual Assault

By Staff Report | News

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Antonio Lopez Bautista, 20, was convicted by a jury last week of second degree kidnapping, first degree sexual abuse, second degree assault, all classified as violent felonies, as well as criminal obstruction of breathing for the assault on a Saratoga Springs woman just over a year ago. He could face up to 15 years in prison. 

Bautista, who had lived at 10 Federal Street, Apt. 5, assaulted a woman waiting in her car for her husband, who was working at the time. 

The brutal attack occurred behind the West Side Stadium Restaurant and Legends Cafe in the early morning hours of May 22. Bautista was seen in surveillance film from that night walking down the street and then ducking down into the brush to hide when the woman and her husband drove up. After the husband went in to work, Bautista snuck up to her vehicle and violently pulled her from the car, beating her about the head, neck and body, while she grasped the seatbelt in an attempt to prevent him from getting her out of the vehicle.  

Bautista is shown overpowering her and dragging her more than 60 feet away from her car down Congress Street into a dark area where he removed her shirt and bra and pulled down her pants attempting to sexually assault her. The woman’s screams woke nearby neighbors who summoned police who responded immediately. Saratoga Springs Police Department officers apprehended him hiding near the scene minutes after the attack.

Bautista, who is an illegal immigrant, could receive a prison sentence of up to 15 years in state prison on the highest charge.  Under the law, since the crimes occurred at the same time, the prison sentences must run concurrently. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 26 at 11 a.m.

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