Not-guilty plea entered in Daly City woman’s rape

A man facing a possible life sentence for allegedly raping and terrorizing a Daly City woman in her home in August pleaded not guilty to multiple charges Wednesday.

Burgess Raymond Crosby Jr., 35, is accused of attacking the 57-year-old woman after allegedly breaking into her home at 5 a.m. Aug. 26.

Prosecutors say Crosby, who did not know the alleged victim, held a knife to her throat, bound her and put duct tape and a pillow over her face before raping her. After the attack, he allegedly forced her into the shower and forcibly scrubbed her body in an effort to remove any DNA

evidence.

But prosecutors say it was DNA evidence that led to Crosby’s arrest by Daly City police Dec. 15 after a law enforcement database matched Crosby’s genetic code to DNA left at the crime scene. Crosby had given a DNA sample after a 2001 conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse in another Bay Area county, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

He is facing one count of forceable rape, three counts of digital penetration, and one count each of forcible oral copulation and residential burglary in connection with the alleged attack. He also faces gun and drug possession charge.

Police say Crosby, who lives with his wife in the San Joaquin County city of Woodbridge, had a small amount of marijuana and methamphetamine on him when he was arrested.

Wagstaffe called the attack “every person’s nightmare.”

“If this man is responsible, which we believe he is, this is not somebody who should be free to harm somebody ever again,” he said.

Crosby is being held in San Mateo County jail after a judge denied bail Wednesday.

tbarak@examiner.com

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