A Santaquin man is facing several felonies after he reportedly sexually assaulted two girls and later lunged at one of them as she was testifying during a court hearing.
Marcos Barajas, 34, was charged in 4th District Court with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies.
According to charges, Barajas sexually assaulted two girls inside their bedroom at knifepoint in October 2017.
“Defendant told both minor victims that he would kill them if they told anyone or reported what he had done,” court documents state.
He then took one of their phones and left the home. When the residents in the home locked the outside doors, Barajas reportedly broke a sliding glass door and police arrested him as he tried to enter the upstairs bedroom again.
Last week, two more third-degree felony charges of retaliation against a victim were filed against Barajas.
In January 2018, before court was in session, Barajas saw a family member of the girls and “began yelling at the victim’s family member in Spanish which scared the victim’s family member.”
During the testimony of one of the girls, he also “stood up and called the victim a liar. As (Barajas) was being removed from the courtroom, he made lunging movements toward the victim. The victim was upset and began to cry.”
Later in January, Barajas was charged with a third-degree felony after he reportedly threw urine in the face of a Utah County deputy.
He is being held on an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold at the Utah County Jail with a $100,000 cash-only bail. A four-day trial is set to begin on July 15.