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One of two Los Angeles-area women who were brutally attacked in Los Angeles’ Venice Canal District on April 6 is speaking out about this horrifying and near-dead crime.

Los Angeles authorities arrested and charged Anthony Francisco Jones, 29, with two counts of forcible rape, one count of armed sexual penetration, one count of mayhem, one count of torture, one count of attempted murder, and one count of sodomy. did. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said the charges were due to use of force in connection with the attack.

“We are deeply outraged and appalled by the incomprehensible and brutal sexual assault of two innocent survivors,” prosecutor George Gascón said in a statement Monday. “Such despicable acts have no place in our society and will not be tolerated. Our office will prosecute with the utmost vigor those responsible for these crimes and ensure that the victims are not left behind. We are committed to ensuring justice is served.”

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Mary Klein, 54, was brutally attacked in Los Angeles’ Venice Canal District on April 6th. (GoFundMe)

According to the prosecutor’s office, the two attacks occurred between 10pm and 11:30pm on April 6th, and the two victims, one in their 40s and the other in their 50s, were walking alone in Venice’s canal area. She was a woman.

Jones allegedly walked up behind the two women and struck them with a hard object, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release at the time.

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Anthony Francisco Jones allegedly attacked two women who were walking near the Venice Canals between 10pm and 11:30pm on April 6th. (Frederic Soltan/Corbis)

One of the victims, Mary Klein, was a 54-year-old single mother and health care caregiver who said she was trying to walk 10,000 steps a day despite working 12-hour days. Fox LA. Klein told the magazine that the second victim was “small” and “comatose.”

“I feel fine,” Klein told FOX LA. “My body is fine, but my mouth is a bit of a mess. I’m the first one he got and I’m 6 feet tall.” [The other victim] It might be smaller. she is in a coma. ”

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Mary Klein with flowers next to her in her hospital bed

Mary Klein was hospitalized after the attack and required facial reconstructive surgery. (FOX LA)

She said the suspect “tried to kill” her, adding that she cried when she heard the news of Jones’ arrest.

“I think we need a justice system to protect the people of this country,” Klein said. “We are unrepresented and we allow criminals and mentally ill people to be violent on the streets and assault people. is not used.”

“We are not taking advantage of the justice system that is set up to protect us.”

— Mary Klein

Klein was hospitalized after the attack and required facial reconstructive surgery.

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Mary Klein in the hospital

Mary Klein, a medical caregiver who tried to walk 10,000 steps a day, told FOX LA that the second victim was “small” and “in a coma.” (FOX LA)

“During the attack, she suffered at least eight fractures to her jaw, a large laceration to the back of her head, several knocked out teeth, and multiple injuries to her face and neck,” the GoFundMe page titled “Venice Canal Resident” says. He suffered bruises and bruises.” She is the victim of a violent crime. “She needed a lot of surgery and she is currently having a wire in her jaw fixed for at least a month. Not to mention, she will eventually receive mental health support and PT.” You will need guidance.”

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Jones fled the scene, leaving behind evidence, and headed to San Diego after the attack, Los Angeles police said.

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The suspect, Anthony Francisco Jones, fled the scene, leaving evidence behind, and headed to San Diego after the attack, Los Angeles police said. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

The suspect had no prior criminal history in California, but had minor criminal charges in two other states, FOX LA reported, citing police. According to FOX LA, authorities said there was “no indication” that Jones would commit “this heinous and egregious act of violence.”

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The suspect is being held on $3.25 million bail.

Venice, which struggled to contain homeless encampments last year, saw a drop in crime in the first three months of 2024, according to statistics obtained by the Los Angeles Police Department. NBC4.

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