Man Found Guilty in 2010 Rape Case

A San Francisco man has been found guilty of the 2010 rape of a woman in her apartment, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Thursday.

Damir Shalako, 30, was found guilty of five felonies including two counts of rape by force or violence, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object with force or violence, burglary with intent to commit rape and first-degree residential robbery, prosecutors said.

Shalako faces 64 years to life in state prison.

On Sept. 28, 2010, the victim arrived home around 11 a.m. and noticed her neighbor’s apartment door was open, prosecutors said.

She saw Shalako, who she knew as her neighbor’s grandson, inside the apartment before she went to her own apartment upstairs.

Shalako had recently been released from prison on a domestic violence charge, prosecutors said.

The victim was inside her apartment when Shalako knocked on her door and asked to come in and use her bathroom, prosecutors said.

The victim let Shalako in the apartment but told him to use the bathroom quickly.

While inside her apartment, Shalako punched the victim in the head, pushed her onto a bed and raped her, prosecutors said.

After the rape, Shalako picked up the victim’s purse and said, “Don’t yell and don’t call the police or I’ll kill you. I want all of your money,” prosecutors said.

Shalako’s grandmother heard commotion that sounded like people struggling coming from the victim’s apartment upstairs, so she started banging on the door, prosecutors said.

She tried to stop Shalako from leaving the apartment, but he pushed her aside and fled the area.

The neighbor called police and reported her grandson had raped the victim, prosecutors said.

Police arrested Shalako on Oct. 1, 2010.

The victim was able to identify Shalako as her attacker, and DNA evidence taken for the investigation matched Shalako’s, prosecutors said.

Dennis Culver, Bay City News

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