Jury deliberations got underway Thursday afternoon in the trial of a man accused of robbing and aiding a cohort in sexually assaulting a Riverside woman after breaking into her residence nearly two years ago.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno directed the panel to return to the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday morning — the court is not in session Friday due to Cesar Chavez Day — to resume deliberations on the fate of Keshawn Marquis Amis, 22, of Jurupa Valley.
Amis, who is free on $150,000 bail, is charged with sexual assault, robbery and acting in concert to perpetrate an act of violence in connection with the attack near the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside.
His co-defendant, 22-year-old Brandon Noel Bobb of Bloomington, pleaded guilty in October 2016 to assault by force or fear and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Bobb was the one who plotted the break-in and assault, which happened in the predawn hours of April 19, 2016, in a single-wide trailer near the intersection of Canyon Crest Drive and Central Avenue. The victim, identified in court documents only as Jane Doe, lived in the mobile home, parked behind her grandparents’ house.
Riverside police investigators said Bobb had met the woman at a bar three months before the attack and knew where to find her and that she’d be home alone. He was incensed that the woman had rejected his sexual advances during an earlier encounter and allegedly recruited Amis to help him forcibly enter the residence and commit the assault.
Detective Rita Cobb said the woman was awakened by her small dog’s frantic barking and was immediately confronted by the two assailants. Bobb and Amis allegedly held the woman against a wall, and Bobb sexually abused her for several minutes, according to the prosecution.
The victim screamed several times and managed to tear out a chunk of Bobb’s hair, at which point the intruders fled, grabbing her MacBook laptop on the way out.
Two neighbors in an adjacent house spotted the men and their getaway car, jotting down half of the license plate on the Honda Accord, which was later confirmed to belong to Amis, according to prosecutors.
That information and other evidence collected at the residence led investigators to the defendants, who were arrested a few days later.
Amis has no prior documented felony convictions.