‘Everyone's Worst Nightmare': Man Accused of Brutal Attack in Del Cerro Appears in Court

A man accused of brutally attacking two women, killing one of them, committed "everyone's worst nightmare," a deputy prosecutor said Wednesday.

Disturbing details came to light during the arraignment of a man implicated in a vicious home invasion in Del Cerro on Sunday night.

A judge set a no-bail hold for Eduardo Torres because of the seriousness of the crimes. He pleaded not guilty to four charges, including murder, forcible oral copulation, assault and torture.

Deputy District Attorney Marisa DiTillio outlined the grisly allegations against the 20-year-old San Diego man.

On Sunday night at about 11:30 p.m., Torres tried to break into a home on Mill Peak Road, but vigilant residents chased him away, DiTillio said.

That's when he smashed a glass door and broke into a different, nearby home. Two women in the home, a 74-year-old and 50-year-old, locked themselves in separate rooms, DiTillio said.

DiTillio alleges that Torres broke down the elder woman's door, held her at knifepoint, put her in a chokehold and then dragged her to the other room where the younger woman was hiding.

Then, Torres is accused of stabbing the 74-year-old to death and then raping the younger woman, DiTillio said.

When officers entered the locked bedroom the suspect dropped a knife and surrendered to police.

Police have not recovered any other weapons, including the gun the suspect claimed he had.

DiTillio credited police with saving the 50-year-old's life.

"Frankly this is everyone's worst nightmare," DiTillio said. "Asleep in your home and you think your safe. And he just came in, busted through a glass door. These women they sheltered in place for their lives. They hid behind locked doors and they thought they were safe."

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