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Waseca Man Jailed, Accused of Rape

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WASECA, Minn. -

 

A Waseca man is facing more than two dozen felony charges after being accused of breaking into a local woman's home, tying her up, and raping her.
 
Authorities say the suspect is a person who moved to town recently.

"This is definitely one of the more serious...crimes that I have seen in my time here," said Capt. Kris Markeson of the Waseca Police Department.
 
During the early morning hours of September 14th, Waseca Police responded to a burglary call. But when they got there, police say they found a woman from a different address yelling for help.
 
"She had run from the home to try and escape the assault and had...got the attention of the neighbors by screaming and pounding on the door," said Markeson. "The neighbors woke up and took her into safety."
 
The criminal complaint accuses, Armando DeLaCruz Jr., of breaking into the woman's home and raping her.
 
"The victim did report to us that she was tied up and blindfolded during the better portion of most of the assault," said Markeson.
 
The complaint goes on to say DeLaCruz threatened to harm the victim's children if she did not comply with his demands.

DeLaCruz is currently being held at the Waseca County Jail.
 
"We still don't know why or how he selected the victim," said Markeson.
 
DeLaCruz is scheduled to make a court appearance on September 24th.

A request for comment from DeLaCruz's legal representation was not returned.