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Man charged in 1996 Ogden rape

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 20 2011 12:40 p.m. MDT

OGDEN — A man wanted for allegedly robbing, kidnapping and raping an Ogden store clerk 14 years ago has been extradited back to Utah to face charges.

Deon J. Lucero, 39, was charged in November 2010 with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping in connection with the 1996 rape of a female clerk.

At the time he was charged in Ogden's 2nd District Court, Lurcero was already serving time in the Mississippi State Prison for sexual battery.

Lucero recently made his first court appearance in Utah for the 1996 case and is schedule to appear again on Thursday.

On Aug. 29, 1996, a man walked into the store "Afterthoughts" in the Newgate Mall and asked the clerk about gifts for his young children, according to court documents. As the man talked, he moved closer to the woman and pulled out a knife with a six-inch blade.

The man demanded the woman take money out of the cash register. She gave him more than $300, court records state.

After the robbery, Lucero forced the woman into a back room and made her take off her clothing while telling her she was "cute," according to court documents. He then used the woman's clothes to gag her and raped her, police say.

After the sexual assault, Lucero took the woman into the bathroom, bound her hands with zip ties and then secured that to a handicap rail in a stall. He told her to "stay in the bathroom for 20 minutes. If she did, he would not kill her," according to court records.

As the man left the store, other customers were at the counter wondering where the clerk was. Lucero told them, "She will be right out, she is in the bathroom," according to court documents.

The woman broke free of her zip ties and ran crying to the mall information booth for help. When police arrived, they found her hiding in the information booth.

DNA was collected from the crime scene but no arrests were ever made.

In 2010, the Utah State Crime Lab made a positive match with the DNA collected from the Ogden mall to a 2007 DNA sample from a convicted offender in Mississippi.

Lucero was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Mississippi and was scheduled to be released in 2016, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections' website. Investigators say Lucero lived in Ogden at the time of the 1996 assault but had most recently lived outside of Utah for several years.

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