Suspect admits to assaulting prostitutes in Austin ‘garden’

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man police say admitted to sexually assaulting at least half a dozen women is facing new charges.

The suspect, 27-year-old Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, told Austin police he would take women to Cameron Road and Ferguson Lane; a spot he called “his garden.” Most of the women were prostitutes, according to the suspect. Upon arriving at the “garden” Gonzalez would sexually assault and beat them.

Austin police interviewed one his alleged victims who told officers Gonzalez tried to set her on fire. The woman said she thought she was dead when Gonzalez stopped in the middle of a wooded area surrounded by tall grass and brought out a gas can.

She was able to get away, but didn’t report the incident to police for fear she would be arrested for being a prostitute. Gonzalez faces charges for aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping.

KXAN spoke with neighbors who live in the area of Ferguson Lane near Cameron Road, who told us the news of his latest charges is “alarming.”

“I can’t imagine anybody doing anything out here,” said Connie Cude.

Cude says she has liked the quiet nature of the neighborhood, due in part, to the undeveloped land surrounding the area.

“It doesn’t happen around here,” she said. “It’s a rarity.”

Gonzalez was charged with aggravated kidnapping of a 68-year-old woman from an incident in July. The woman told police she accepted a ride from Gonzalez because she needed to go to the store.

After passing the convenience store, Gonzalez told the victim he was taking her to his house, according to a police affidavit. The victim tried to escape the vehicle, but the suspect sped up and parked his car on a dirt path on Ferguson Lane. Police say Coria-Gonzalez hit and then sexually assaulted the woman.

Gonzalez has an Immigration and Naturalization Service detainer at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

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