Chico man sentenced to 12 years in state prison for sexual assaults

A Chico man recently convicted of sexually assaulting two women in their own apartments, appeared in Butte County Superior Court Thursday and was sentenced to the maximum term of twelve years in state prison, according to the Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey.

Posted: Apr 29, 2021 4:55 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico man recently convicted of sexually assaulting two women in their own apartments, appeared in Butte County Superior Court Thursday and was sentenced to the maximum term of twelve years in state prison, according to the Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey.

24-year-old Felipe Marquez-Segura was sentenced Thursday following his earlier plea on March 25, 2021, to two counts of assault with intent to commit rape. In addition, Ramsey said that Marquez-Segura will be required to register as a sex offender for life as a result of his convictions.

District Attorney Ramsey said Marquez-Segura’s first attack happened around 4 a.m. on Sept. 8, 2019.

An 18-year-old woman living in an apartment in the 700 block of West 3rd Street woke up to an unknown male putting his hands down her pants, according to Ramsey. The man, later identified as Marquez-Segura, then jumped up and left the apartment, and the victim called 911.

The victim told Chico police she later realized she was missing a set of keys to her apartment. Authorities said it was later discovered that Marquez-Segura was in possession of the keys.

Ramsey said the second attack happened on Sept. 28, 2019, at about 3 a.m., when a 22-year-old woman was asleep in an apartment in the 600 block of West 6th Street.

The victim said she woke up when a man, later identified as Marquez-Segura, pushed himself on top of her, using his body weight to prevent her from leaving, Ramsey said. He attempted to pull her pants down, but she was able to free herself and run out of the apartment barefoot.

A neighbor called the Chico police reporting he had seen the man prowling in the neighborhood earlier and then saw a barefoot woman running out into the street with the man he saw earlier running away from the nearby apartment.

Ramsey said Marquez-Segura was contacted by Chico State University Police a short distance away near the site of the Sept. 8 assault. The two apartments were approximately three to four blocks from each other. 

A search of Marquez-Segura’s cell phone revealed secret videos taken of the first victim through her window prior to her attack as well as videos taken through her window one week later on Sept. 14, 2019, Ramsey said. Videos of the second victim were also found on his phone showing her to be asleep on a futon bed in her apartment just prior to his assault of that victim.

"The defendant brazenly entered the homes of sleeping and vulnerable young women, violating their sense of safety within their own homes," Ramsey said. "We commend the work of the Chico Police Department and University Police. Their thorough investigation resulted in taking a dangerous predator off the streets.”

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