A 36-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting three women in Temecula was charged Wednesday with multiple counts of rape and other felonies.
Mark Richard Neeley of Temecula was arrested Friday following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation at a townhome complex in the 44000 block of Bellflower Lane.
Along with four counts of forcible rape, Neeley is charged with one count each of sodomy of a victim under duress, false imprisonment, possession of an assault rifle, carrying a firearm without a license and sentence-enhancing allegations of targeting multiple victims in sex crimes.
The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, was slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center.
According to sheriff’s officials, a woman identified in court documents only as “L.C.” called 911 in the predawn hours Friday, reporting that she had been sexually assaulted in her townhouse.
Detectives spoke with the woman and gathered evidence at the scene, and Neeley was located in a nearby residence and taken into custody without a struggle, according to the sheriff’s department.
During a search of his property, additional evidence was seized that indicated Neeley was allegedly involved in other assaults on women, according to investigators.
Two other victims were identified, one allegedly sexually assaulted on July 5, 2017, and another on Feb. 12, 2018, both in the same area, according to court papers.
Investigators did not disclose whether Neeley was acquainted with all three women, or whether there was any connection to the victims at all.
He has no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.
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