The man accused in a string of violent attacks on women in Orange County made his first court appearance on Tuesday.
Ulises Omar De La Torre, 32, of Buena Park, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of committing a series of assaults that occurred within six hours on Jan. 16.
De La Torre was charged Tuesday with one count of kidnapping to commit rape, two counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and three counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense in the commission of a burglary, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
With sentencing enhancements, De La Torre could face 244 years to life in prison if convicted.
De La Torre, who has two previous convictions for attempted murder and street terrorism, was ordered held on $1 million bail.
Police began searching for De La Torre after multiple attacks in Garden Grove and Anaheim.
The first incident occurred early in the evening, when a woman told police she had been hit multiple times by a man while walking along Euclid Avenue, police said in an initial news release.
De La Torre fled the scene after allegedly attempting to pull down the woman’s pants, the DA’s Office stated in the release.
About two hours later, a woman on the 11300 block of Clarissa Street told authorities she discovered a burglar in her home and was stabbed by him multiple times.
De La Torre allegedly ran from the home when the woman’s boyfriend walked inside, according to the DA’s Office.
De La Torre was also accused of trying to force his way into the room of two women staying at the Alamo Inn and Suites in Anaheim, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
He slashed them with a knife as they attempted to close the door on him, police said.
Finally, a Garden Grove woman said a man struck her several times while she was jogging.
De La Torre was accused of punching her repeatedly and trying to pull off her clothes.
The DA’s Office was expected to ask that De La Torre be held without bail.