ELKO – An Elko man is on trial in Elko District Court this week on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl last May.
Efren del Angel-Flores, 27, is accused of entering the victim’s apartment when she was home alone and assaulting her in a back bedroom.
The suspect reportedly fled from the apartment after the victim’s family returned home and drove away in his car which was parked across the street with the engine running.
Angel-Flores was arrested in Spring Creek after a driver for Lostra Brothers Towing and Wreck Recovery Service saw a vehicle matching the description given out by authorities on the radio and notified officials.
In opening statements before Judge Nancy Porter and the jury, Deputy District Attorney Chad Thompson said that testimony from family and friends of the victim, and DNA evidence will show that “this was not a consensual encounter.”
Known as “M” in all court records and proceedings, the victim was treated at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital where DNA swabs were taken for evidence.
After his arrest, Angel-Flores was brought to NNRH for DNA evidence to be collected, which showed that his DNA was found on the victim, according to Washoe County Crime Lab analysis, said Thompson.
Defense attorney Roger Stewart in his opening statement told jurors that “the case is about cheating” on M’s boyfriend with Angel-Flores.
Stewart explained that Angel-Flores was acquainted with the victim and her boyfriend for a few months prior to the incident.
Angel-Flores faces charges of sexual assault and burglary with the intent to commit assault or battery on another person.
If convicted on the charge of sexual assault, he faces a sentence of life in prison with a possibility of parole after 10 years.
The trial is scheduled to continue through Friday.