A jury trial is set to begin Wednesday for a man accused of raping and attempting to murder a woman in Costa Mesa and sexually assaulting another in Santa Ana, according to court documents.
Juan Carlos Martinez Quintas, 30, is accused of stabbing a 26-year-old woman in the left temple after raping her, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office.
Prosecutors allege that Martinez Quintas pulled up to the woman as she was walking along Harbor Boulevard toward McFadden Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. on May 8, 2008, and offered her a ride to a Motel 6 in Costa Mesa, where she was staying.
After she got in, he then allegedly drove in the opposite direction, pulled out a switchblade and demanded sex or money.
At a location near MacArthur and Harbor boulevards in Costa Mesa, he allegedly raped her and cut her face from her neck to her cheek and then stabbed her in the stomach, the D.A.'s news release said.