February 12 1989

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February 12 1989 - Victim describes sexual assault in emotional...
Victim describes sexual assault in emotional court session By TOM LONG Sentinel staff writer , . ' SANTA CRUZ A woman who said she was sexually assaulted while being held captive in a car for five hours broke down repeatedly on the witness stand Friday as she described her ordeal. After three hours of intense questioning, the 20-year-old woman, who charges that her assailant drove his truck around the San Francisco Bay area for five hours on the night of Nov. 11 while sexually assaulting . her, left the courtroom and . screamed "I hate you!" after defense attorney Bill MincKner repeatedly pressed ner for a description of her assailant's genitals. Minckner's questions followed two hours of testimony by the victim, who identified Larry Joe Per-cival, 29, as her attacker within minutes of taking the stand in Per-cival's preliminary hearing before Municipal Court Judge Robert Atack. The victim told Assistant District Attorney Heather Morse that she was hitchhiking to Los Gatos at about 5 p.m. to meet her boyfriend. The two were going leave from there to attend a rock concert to. celebrate his 23rd birthday. The victim said she'd hitchhiked before, but that her boyfriend was against her doing so. "My boyfriend always told me 'Don't hitchhike or your arms and legs are going to get chopped off," she said. She said Percival offered 'her a ride in his pickup truck and was "really nice when 1 first gof in." After stopping for gas in Scotts Valley, the two traveled north on Highway 17 until he pulled the truck off the road near a phone booth. She said she called her boyfriend to say she was on her way and then she smoked some marnuana with Percival. According to the victim's testimony, Percival suddenly turned weird. "He asked me if I called the police," she said. "I said no. And then he said, 'Can I ask you a personal question?' " "Then he asked if he could pound on me," the victim testified. She said Percival grabbed her' head and pulled it down to his lap. Then began a five-hour journey during which the victim said she spent most of her time lying naked on the seat next to Percival as he repeatedly sexually assaulted her and forced her to commit other acts.. She said Percival held a large knife to her throat during most of the trip, and said it was the kind of knife the movie character "Rambo" has popularized. "It was saw-tooth on one side and the other side was straight," she said. The victim said she remembered looking up out of the truck's cab. once and seeing a sign announcing "San Francisco Airport" and that at another time the truck stopped for gas at a Mobil station she thought might be near the Stockton area. She said that Percival finally . drove her back to Bear Creek Road, off Highway 17, and told her to get out of the truck. She then called authorities. The witness broke down within 15 minutes of taking the stand, when first asked to describe in detail the sexual assaults, and then broke down again later when Minc-kner became increasingly specific in his questioning. ' Minckner's line of questioning was legally proper, Morse said later, because it was attempting to establish identifying charac- victims are not busy analyzing teristics of the assailant. what the penis looks like," Morse "The problem is that most rape said. ORION Telescopes and Binoculars A complete selection for all purposes. Orion offers a large selection of telescopes and binouclars in all price ranges for the beginning or advanced observer. Whatever your viewing needs, Orion has the right optic for you. TELESCOPE CENTER SANTA CRUZ: 421 Soquel Ave. Near Ocean St. 458-9090 Mon -Sal. 10-5:30 Closed Sunday CUPERTINO: 10555 S. DeAnza Blvd. Al McClellan Ave. (408) 255-8770 Mon.-Sat. 10-5:30 Thur. 10-8 Sun. 12-5 H TwiMfil AU-INSURANCE W WffSM PLANS WELCOME L2 DENTURES Cypress Dental Qroup Dedicated to Excellence In Dental Care Personalized Custom Dentures Open Monday thru Friday 4 Special and Difficult Cases Welcome 4 Complete Lab on Premises 4 01d Fashiotl th 4 thorough Attention to One Day Service in Many Cases 4 - Your Individual Needs Call Now for Your Appointment 462-6333 SSffi 53 4,70 CR0SS R0AD SU,TE A, CAl'ITOW (Highway 1 at 4lsl Ave. Off Ramp) Santa Cruz County o 0

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  1. Santa Cruz Sentinel,
  2. 12 Feb 1989, Sun,
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