Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Hearing continued for SJ man in sexual assault case

Lamar Dekari Stevens (Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff's Dept.)

Lamar Dekari Stevens (Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff’s Dept.)

A hearing for a San Jose man accused of sexually assaulting another man in August has been delayed as the defendant’s attorney continues to investigate the case.

Lamar Dekari Stevens, 36, had been set for a preliminary hearing Monday, but his attorney, Jeff Jackson, got the hearing continued until January 4.

According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, just before 5 a.m. on August 11, Stevens “forced” his way into the 65-year-old victim’s Menlo Park home through an unlocked window, covered the victim’s mouth, “held a knife to his throat, and demanded money.”

After the victim gave Stevens $40, Stevens sexually assaulted him, Wagstaffe said in a case summary. He then allegedly “demanded the victim’s car keys and credit cards.”

The “victim escaped to a neighbor’s home and called 911,” said Wagstaffe. Police responded “quickly” and saw Stevens running toward a pedestrian footbridge over Highway 101.

After police released their dog, Stevens “jumped 30 feet to the ground, breaking his ankle,” said Wagstaffe.

Prosecutors didn’t object Monday to the continuance of the preliminary hearing, when a judge will determine whether there’s sufficient evidence to continue holding Stevens for trial.

Stevens is being held on $8 million bail in Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City. His charges include sexual battery involving a restrained person/masturbation, oral copulation by force or fear, sodomy by use of force, attempted sodomy by use of force, assault to commit mayhem or rape during the commission of first-degree burglary, and felony parole violation, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department.

Wagstaffe said Stevens already has a felony strike for a previous case.

Jackson, Stevens’ attorney, declined to comment for this story.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 21, 2017 @ 1:29 pm PST
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