Man Denies Attacking Sisters

Escondido sisters attacked during sales demo

A door-to-door salesman has pleaded not guilty to a dozen felony charges for allegedly assaulting two sisters during what was supposed to be a cleaning product demonstration at their Escondido-area home.

Joshua Thomas Nitkin, 21, appeared in court Wednesday in Vista, according to the North County Times.

Nitkin is charged with assault with intent to commit rape, assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and kidnapping. He is also charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

San Diego County prosecutors say the sisters were threatened with a butcher knife, forced to disrobe, groped and tied up with belts.

Nitkin's bail was set at $1 million. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison.

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