Mexicali man surrenders in attempted rape, burglary case

April 28, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Tears streaming down his face, a Mexicali man under suspicion of the attempted rape of his ex-girlfriend and the burglary of her apartment walked into the Calexico Police Department Friday and turned himself in, according to Officer Eric Hackett.

Hackett said he had just finished writing a warrant for the arrest of the 43-year-old man, Joel Roberto Duran, when Duran walked into the station.

"We don't catch the smart ones," Hackett said.

Duran could be charged with four felonies. He was being held on $50,000 bail in the county jail Saturday night.

The victim, whose name is being withheld, told police Duran broke into her Birch Manor apartment Friday afternoon and wanted to have sex with her.

She declined and said she had a new boyfriend and that she was moving away.

The victim said she had dated Duran for eight years and that the relationship had ended in 1998. They have a child together.


The victim alleged Duran tried to rape her in the bathroom. She convinced him to go into the bedroom. She said Duran grabbed her and dragged her to the bedroom.

There she fought him off.

After bolting through the door into the Birch Manor courtyard she shouted to her neighbors to call police.

Duran reportedly fled and proceeded to make two calls to his ex-girlfriend's answering machine, apologizing for what happened.

After he couldn't get through to her, he turned himself in, according to police.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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