Plea in Christmas Hill rape case delayed

Benancio Quinones, left, and Cresencio Evarado Blas sit in court

Attorneys for two homeless men accused of raping a 13-year-old
girl November in Christmas Hill Park are waiting to receive more
evidence before their clients enter pleas.
Attorneys for two homeless men accused of raping a 13-year-old girl November in Christmas Hill Park are waiting to receive more evidence before their clients enter pleas.

Cresencio Evarado Blas, 30, and Benancio Quinones, 50, face multiple sex and drug charges – including five counts of child rape as well as furnishing marijuana and a controlled substance to a minor. They are being represented by attorneys from the Office of the Public Defender and the Office of the Alternate Defender.

About 6 p.m. Nov. 18, the girl was walking near the red barn in Christmas Hill Park when she ran into Blas and Quinones, who were homeless at the time and living in an encampment on the ranch side of the park between the levee and Uvas Creek, according to court documents. The men “befriended” the girl, and she followed them back to their encampment, where she smoked marijuana, snorted cocaine and drank part of a can of beer with the two men, according to police reports. Then they raped her simultaneously, police said.

Although the men allowed the girl to leave, she returned to the park about two hours later and asked them to use their cell phone, police said. But before they let her use the phone, they raped her again, according to police reports.

The victim notified someone of the attack, according to police. Police went out to the scene of the crimes and found the two men.

Blas and Quinones are currently being held without bail at the Main Jail in San Jose. The crimes carry the potential for life in prison. They will next appear in court 8:30 a.m. Sept. 16 in Department 110 at the South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill.

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