MURRAY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 26-year-old West Valley City man has been charged for allegedly raping a woman at a massage business in Murray.
According to charging documents, the victim was at a friend’s massage business on January 15 when Jose Santiago Tejeda came in and asked for a massage. The woman told him she did not work there and could not give him a massage, but he convinced her to go into a room inside the business.
When the woman entered the room, Tejeda shut and locked the door behind him and would not let her leave. He told the woman if she screamed he would kill her and struck her in the face and strangled her to the point of unconsciousness, documents state.
When the woman awoke, she was completely undressed and Tejeda had removed all his clothing. The woman said she knew she had been raped and started screaming for help, charging documents state.
Employees inside the business heard the woman screaming and started banging on the door to the room. Trejeda opened the door and ran out of the room while pulling up his pants, according to documents.
Officers observed broken blood vessels around the woman’s neck and bruising and redness on both arms.
The woman was taken to the hospital where a DNA test was conducted from the woman’s neck wounds. A positive match came back to Tejeda who had an active warrant for failing to appear on a traffic citation.
Video surveillance from the business was obtained that showed Tejeda entering and leaving the business while pulling up his pants and no shirt on.
Officers interviewed Tejeda, and when they showed him the surveillance footage, he immediately requested an attorney.
Tejeda was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Thursday. He is facing first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and rape and second-degree felony aggravated assault.
A background check on Tejeda showed no criminal history in Utah.