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1090-09 September 6 - Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1989 Santa Cruz Sentinel...
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1989 Santa Cruz Sentinel A-3 A-3 A-3 Hitchhiker recounts hours-long hours-long hours-long sexual attack By MARK BERGSTROM Sentinel staff wirier SANTA CRUZ A young Santa Cruz woman looked at a battered white pickup truck in front of the courthouse. Then she went inside and told a jury she was positive it was the truck in which she was kidnapped and held for five hours of sexual horror last November. "I know it was the truck I was in that night," the woman told the jury. She was as positive in her identification of the truck as she had been late last week when she identified Larry Joe Percival as her attacker. Percival, 30, is n trial for a string of sexual charges, plus kidnapping kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted. The 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old 20-year-old woman told the jury she learned a terrifying lesson about hitchhiking from Percival on November 11. "Like I had hitchhiked a few times before, to work (at Capitola Mall) and stuff because if you miss a bus in Santa Cruz you have to wait an hour," she testified. Under questioning by Chief Deputy District Attorney Jon Hopkins, the woman said her boyfriend had warned her not to hitchhike. "He told me I could get my arms and legs chopped off and stuff," she said. But she said she decided to anyway that night because she didn't want to ruin some very special plans. In her purse as she left her east-side east-side east-side home were two coveted tickets to an ACDC rock 'n' roll concert at the Cow Palace. She was going with her boyfriend, and it was also his 23rd birthday. But he was in Mountain View and she was in Santa Cruz and she had no other means of meeting him, she said. Dressed in black pants, black high-heel high-heel high-heel shoes and a white-leather white-leather white-leather jacket, the woman stuck out her thumb near the entrance to Highway Highway 17 from Ocean Street. Soon, a white pickup truck stopped. stopped. "The truck was a little beat up and the man inside was a little scraggly," she said. "He reminded me of the people who live in Boulder Creek," she explained. "My instincts told me not to get it, but I didn't want to miss one minute of the concert," the dark-haired dark-haired dark-haired woman told the jury. She said she began telling the driver about her boyfriend and the concert as the truck pulled away up Highway 17. The driver, she said, "was very, nice and friendly." At Sugar Loaf Road, near the summit, the driver pulled off the highway and rolled a marijuana cigarette. The woman got out of the truck and, from a nearby phone booth, called her boyfriend to tell him to meet her in Los Ga(os, instead instead of Mountain View. "He was not happy about me hitchhiking," the woman told the jury. And even though she tried her best to tell him everything was all right, she said she quickly got the feeling things weren't all right when she got back in the truck. Percival, she said, accused her of calling the police. Then he asked if he could pose a personal question. The question turned out to be a lewd sexual remark, she said, which heightened her fears. She reached for the door handle. But Percival yanked her hand away and forced her head down onto his lap, she said. "I was crying. I was very scared," she said. "I said i know you're just teaching teaching me a lesson not to hitchhike,' " she said. "He said, 'No, he wasn't doing that,' " the woman continued. She said she then tried to plead with him. "I told him there were probably lots of girls in Boulder Creek who would be attracted to him," she said. When that didn't work, she of fered him her prized concert tickets. Percival, however, pulled out a knife and for the next five hours or so ordered her to perform a variety of sexual acts as he drove around the San Francisco Bay Area, she said. Investigators, have said they believe believe Percival drove the woman first to the Livermore area and then back through the East Bay and across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. Then, they believe, he returned her to the Bear Creek Road area, where he allegedly dumped her out of his truck. Based on descriptions of the truck and driver, detectives said they quickly focused on Percival, a man with a long criminal past. Percival was arrested in December December in Bend, Oregon, where he was being held on suspicion of molesting molesting the 18-month 18-month 18-month old daughter of a couple who had befriended him in a bar. Locals row to victory in Capitola races CAPITOLA Locals took back the Capitola Begonia Festival by sweeping the awards at the rowboat contest, held Monday in the Soquel Creek Lagoon. The 36th annual Begonia Festival continues this weekend, with the nautical parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. The popular sand-sculpture sand-sculpture sand-sculpture contest contest held Sunday on Capitola Beach was dominated by entrants from San Jose, but Monday's rowboat races belonged to locals. Tyler Westman and Carole Connolly Connolly of Capitola won the adult category, while James Kelly and Tory Tupper of Capitola captured the ll-to-17-year-old ll-to-17-year-old ll-to-17-year-old ll-to-17-year-old ll-to-17-year-old ll-to-17-year-old ll-to-17-year-old ll-to-17-year-old ll-to-17-year-old division, and Michael Termini and Chelsea Con-noly Con-noly Con-noly of Soquel won the 10 and under division. Other winners in the adult category category were: Second, Blake West-man West-man West-man and Behnaz Moeini of Capitola; third, Katie Bianco of Soquel Soquel and Jeff Kern of Santa Clara. Second place finishers in the 11-to-17-year-old 11-to-17-year-old 11-to-17-year-old 11-to-17-year-old 11-to-17-year-old 11-to-17-year-old 11-to-17-year-old 11-to-17-year-old 11-to-17-year-old category were Max and Michael Termini of Soquel, with Keith Slay of Soquel and Andrew Andrew Westman of Capitola coming in third. In the 10 and under division, David Speidel and Gabe Gallagher of Santa Cruz were second, with Matt and Clint Hubbuck of Capitola in third. c Get mill, And

Clipped from Santa Cruz Sentinel06 Sep 1989, WedPage 3

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California)06 Sep 1989, WedPage 3
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