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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Attempted rape suspect 'stunned' by victim's reaction--thought she was a hooker

An Oceanside man accused of kidnapping and trying to rape a woman who was walking home alone testified Monday that he thought the victim was a prostitute and was stunned at her reaction to his advances.

Marcus Threats, who faces life in prison if convicted, said he did not have time or the ability to carry the woman into a South Coast Highway parking lot, as she has testified.

Threats said he went out around 2 a.m. on Dec. 21 for a jog and in hopes of finding a prostitute for oral sex.

"I figured the only women out there after 2 a.m. would be hookers," Threats said. "That's why I approached her."

Under cross-examination, he conceded that he had only one dollar on him when he was detained, not nearly enough to pay for sex.