JERSEY CITY, NJ (NJ.com) – A 34-year-old Newark man has been charged with the rape and the attempted murder a 31-year-old woman he had a dating relationship with in Kearny on Friday.
Richard A. Perez-Andia, of the 500 block of Market Street, was arrested today and charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault, criminal restraint and making terroristic threats, the criminal complaint says.
He is charged with raping the woman while physically assaulting her and causing severe injury, the complaint says, adding that he choked the woman until she was unconscious while striking her in the head and face while telling her “he needed to kill her.”
The complaint says he knelt on the woman’s chest to prevent her from escaping as he continuously struck her, causing injuries including a fractured eye socket.
Finally, Perez-Andia is charged with making terroristic threats for telling the woman he had to kill her while choking her, the complaint says.
The defendant’s bail was set at $300,000 cash or bond by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson, he was ordered to have no contact with the woman and must surrender all travel documents.
An official said Perez-Andia is from Bolivia and is an undocumented immigrant when he made his first court appearance on the charges this afternoon in Central Judicial Processing court in Jersey City. He was wearing street clothes and had his hands cuffed behind his back during the brief hearing conducted through a Spanish translator.
Probable cause for the charges is listed at the sworn statement of the victim and her injuries.
A CJP official said Perez-Andia makes too much money to qualify for a public defender. When asked by CJP Judge Margaret Marley if he wanted the Bolivian embassy notified of his arrest, Perez-Andia said he would decide after speaking to an attorney.