Courts & Crime

Bicycle-riding man admits he raped 2, Anchorage police say

ANCHORAGE — A man who lives with his mom and recently turned 18 years old admitted Saturday to raping two women in Midtown, according to the charges against him.

Prosecutors revealed the admissions by Richard Simon Jr. in felony charges filed Sunday. Police arrested him Saturday morning with grass stains on his knees less than half an hour after they say he beat and raped a woman near Indiana Street and 40th Avenue. Simon is also accused of attacking a different woman as she walked home July 31.

During the first attack, the broad-shouldered, baby-faced teen punched the victim in the mouth and dragged her onto the grass, the charges say. He threatened to kill her if she fought back, and rode his bicycle home after he raped her, police say.

The victims didn't know their attacker, according to the charges, and Simon appeared to choose the women at random. He's now in jail on $75,000 bail but police still have work to do -- including finding any other potential victims.

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