Shirley man arraigned for alleged rape, strangulation of woman in Coram

Jesse Diaz, 29, was arraigned in court Thursday and ordered held on $250,000 bail for the alleged rape and strangulation of a 23-year-old woman.

News 12 Staff

Jun 3, 2021, 4:45 PM

Updated 1,054 days ago

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A Shirley man has been charged with raping a woman in a wooded area of Coram.
Jesse Diaz, 29, was arraigned in court Thursday and ordered held on $250,000 bail for the alleged rape and strangulation of a 23-year-old woman.
Police say Diaz attacked the victim, knocked her unconscious and raped her on May 27 around 1 p.m. as she walked on a trail near Route 112 and Skips Road in Coram.
The woman was treated at a hospital.
According to the prosecutor, Diaz had been sitting in a folding chair in the woods before he ran up behind the woman as she returned from a convenience store and grabbed her by the throat.
Prosecutors say while the woman was being attacked, she saw a police squad car pass by and tried to call for help, but lost consciousness.
The assistant district attorney says when the woman woke up, Diaz was raping her.
According to the ADA, Diaz kissed the victim as he was leaving and that's when she was able to scratch his face.
According to the prosecutor, because Diaz pulled down his mask when he went to kiss the victim, she was able identify her attacker.
Diaz, who had a scratch on the right side of his face, told detectives his girlfriend was responsible.
In court, Diaz's mother and a friend refused to comment other than saying he was innocent.
Diaz, who was taken into custody Wednesday in Shirley, faces charges of first-degree rape and second-degree strangulation.


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