Alleged 'Predator' Pleads Not Guilty To Rape, Kidnapping
Sep 18, 2015 02:58PM
● By Bill Gilman
A Lowell man, whom prosecutors described as a "predator," appeared in District Court this week on charges he lured prostitutes to Tewksbury motels for the purpose of robbing and sexually assaulting them.
Christian Cepeda-Ortiz, 22, was arrested last month by Tewksbury and Lowell Police and has been held without bail since. He was arraigned this week on three counts of armed robbery, three counts of armed assault with intent to rob, aggravated rape, kidnapping and witness intimidation.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Prosecutors allege he answered ads from prostitutes, posted on the web site "Back Page," set up meetings with them at Tewksbury motels and then attacked them at knife-point.
The arrest of Cepeda-Ortiz came following a motor vehicle stop in Lowell on Aug. 10. He was issued a summons for driving without a valid license. However, he was held by officers until Tewksbury Police arrived on scene to arrest him for attacks at the Holliday Inn and Motel 6.
A judge dismissed the driving without a license charge at the request of Cepeda-Ortiz's attorney.