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Case dropped against man accused of attack at Canyon Country condos

Posted: July 29, 2013 6:43 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2013 6:43 p.m.

The criminal case against a Newhall man accused of attacking a woman inside her Canyon Country garage five months ago has been thrown out for lack of evidence, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Robert Pena, 25, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Friday to hear that his case had been dismissed “without prejudice due to insufficient evidence,” said Shiara Dávila-Morales.

Pena, a construction worker who has been behind bars at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles since February with bail set at $260,000, was released from custody.

Last month he pleaded not guilty to four felony charges filed against him.

Pena faced one count of false imprisonment by violence, one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and two counts of first-degree burglary.

“He denied all allegations against him,” he said.

On Feb. 21 about 6:30 p.m., Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to an assault call from a woman in the 18000 block of Saratoga Way inside the American Beauty Condominium complex

“The suspect confronted the victim as she was entering the breeze-way leading to the condominium unit she was going to,” Deputy Josh Dubin said in the release.

Pena then attacked the woman and forced her back into the garage, Dubin said.

The woman was forced to the ground but she fought back and was able to call out for help.

Pena was arrested the same day.
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