A Murrieta man arrested last week on suspicion of raping a woman at a Temecula motel was charged Tuesday, July 31, with 13 felonies in connection with the rapes of four women working as prostitutes, authorities said.
Melbrough Williams Jr, 44, is charged with seven counts of rape by force, three counts of robbery, one count of kidnapping to commit a rape and other sex charges, Riverside County court records show.
He was arrested Friday in Costa Mesa in connection with a June 29 report of a rape at the Quality Inn on Jefferson Avenue, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies searched his Murrieta home the next day.
In addition to that case, Williams is accused of raping two other women in the Temecula area between May and July, district attorney’s office spokesman John Hall said in a news release.
The fourth case involves a woman kidnapped in October 2002 in Orange County and raped in Lake Elsinore, the release said. Williams reportedly picked her up on an Anaheim street, Hall said. He met the other three women through a website, Hall said.
Williams was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday but was not cleared by sheriff’s officials to appear in court because of a medical issue, Hall said.
The woman in the Quality Inn case told deputies she was raped at gunpoint, according to an investigator’s statement in support of a search warrant. The San Diego resident told deputies a man showed up and sexually assaulted her while she was alone in her a Temecula motel room on June 28.
Later, the woman admitted she had agreed to meet the man for sex in exchange for money, court records state. But after they had sex, the woman said, the man pulled a gun and raped her repeatedly while telling her she was beautiful and that he “wanted to make her his girlfriend,” Investigator Steve Grassel wrote in court records.
The woman told investigators the man called her on her cellphone several times after the attack, asking her if they were “still good,” Grassel wrote.
Investigators apparently linked Williams to the June 28 incident through phone records, but it was unclear how he was connected to the other reported rapes. Sgt. Kevin McDonald declined to disclose details because investigators are looking for more victims.
Authorities ask that anyone with information call the sheriff’s Southwest Station at 951-696-3000.
BY LESLIE PARRILLA
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