FULL STORY: Police: Man Charged After Attempting To Rape Woman In SF Garage

A man is behind bars after police say he attempted to rape a woman inside a garage in central Sioux Falls. They say the woman was rescued after someone heard her screaming.

Fifty-year-old Sergio Marroquin is facing up to 16-and-a-half years in prison; charged with 2nd degree attempted rape and 4 counts of simple assault.

Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said, “Our suspect told the woman to take off her clothes. When she refused he made the comment that he was going to kill her.”

Police say the incident happened early Sunday morning. The 21-year-old victim told police that she went with a friend and Marroquin to a garage behind Munchies Convenience Store on the 700 block of West 11th Street.

“The three of them were in the garage. The friend left, and when he left, he ended up locking the garage behind him,” said Clemens.

Police say that’s when the Marroquin tried to rape her. Prosecutors say he grabbed the victim by her neck, and tried forcing her to take her clothes off. Fortunately, police say a woman outside heard the victim’s cries for help.

“She went over to this garage door, wasn’t able to get this garage door open, ended up finding three guys to help her.” Clemens said, “Once they were able to get that garage door open, a woman crawled out from underneath.”

Marroquin left by the time police arrived, but was later arrested at his home on South Summit Avenue.

Marroquin was arraigned in a Minnehaha County courtroom Monday afternoon. He was given a $25,000 cash only bond. The prosecutor told the judge that Marroquin has a lengthy criminal history involving theft, burglary, and DWI’s in several other states.

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