By Neal Putnam
A Chula Vista man has pleaded guilty to pulling a handgun on a 22-year-old acquaintance and to sexually assaulting him in a Carlsbad motel.
Antoine Demond Henderson, 45, faces a 15-year term in state prison, said Deputy District Attorney Kate Flaherty. Vista Superior Court Judge Sim von Malinowski set sentencing for May 3.
Henderson pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and sexual penetration. Charges of kidnapping for oral copulation, false imprisonment, and carrying a concealed handgun were dismissed.
The incident took place on Oct. 20, 2016 in Escondido. The young man was taken to a motel in Carlsbad. The charges say Henderson threatened him with a handgun and a knife.
The young man was able to call 911. Henderson fled, but the young man gave a description of his car, which was stopped by a Carlsbad sergeant. The victim testified in a preliminary hearing in May 2017.
Henderson has several convictions for unlawful drug possession and making a criminal threat. The incident was a violation of his parole terms. He remains in the Vista Detention Facility without bail.
— Neal Putnam is a local freelance writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.