MILPITAS (CBS SF) — A Fremont man has been arrested to two violent armed sexual assaults at Milpitas area hotels, authorities announced Wednesday.
Milpitas police said 26-year-old Shandon Travalis Lawson has been booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for rape, oral copulation, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, strangulation, criminal threats, false imprisonment, assault with the intent to commit a felony, and possession of a controlled substance.READ MORE: As COVID Delta Variant Infections Subside Experts Warn of Winter Surge
Investigators said the first assault took place at the Baymont Inn and Suites, located at 66 South Main Street on Sept. 26th. The 21-year-old victim of the assault told officers that she had been forced to engage in sexual acts with a man wielding a knife.
The man also stole cash from the victim and tied her up before fleeing from the area.
She described her attacker as an African-American male, 20-30 years of age, 5’-06” to 5’-08” tall, 135 to 145 pounds wearing a yellow reflective safety vest.READ MORE: Concord Restaurant, Bar Patrons Divided Over Vaccine Mandate
On Oct. 2, police were called to the Brookside Inn, located at 400 Valley Way. The 19-year-old victim said an African-American male, wearing a green construction safety vest, had brandished a knife and assaulted her.
Investigators said the victim managed to escape by jumping out of a second floor window and immediately called 9-1-1.
Within minutes, Milpitas Police officers located Lawson — who matched the suspect description — in the parking-lot of the Brookside Inn.MORE NEWS: Newsom Signs Law to Replace Fr. Serra Statue With Memorial to Indigenous Californians
If you have any information regarding this investigation or have had contact with Shandon Travalis Lawson, please call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at: