On June 12, Marcelo Mota, 35, was arraigned in a Westborough courtroom for a string of sexual assaults which took place in 2003. He was recently extradited from New Jersey, where he was also charged with a number of rapes.
The rape-spree which occurred in the Metro West area, were so brazen that authorities even placed a billboard with a sketch of the rapist along Route 9, warning women of the attacker. All of the victims were assaulted inside their homes.
-On Aug. 6, 2003, Mota reportedly broke into a home in the Windsor Ridge Apartment complex in Westborough and raped a woman at gunpoint.
-On Aug. 13, 2003, he allegedly broke into an apartment at the Village of Walker Meadow in Westborough and raped a woman while holding a knife against her.
-On Aug. 14, 2003, police say Mota broke into a unit in the Indian Brook Townhomes community in Hopkinton and attempted to rape yet another woman at knifepoint. However, she was able to fight back, and escaped the clutches of her assailant.
In 2007, Mota was arrested in New Jersey and charged with another sexual assault. DNA evidence collected in that case linked Mota to the string of rapes in Massachusetts.
Worcester County prosecutor Joseph Quinlan told CBS Boston:
It’s DNA in both cases. In one of the cases there was a partial print on a knife that was used in the attack on a woman."
During his confinement in New Jersey, Mota confessed to the rapes in Massachusetts, according to police.
Mota has been charged with multiple counts of rape, burglary and assault. He is currently being held at the Worcester County Jail on an ICE detainer.
Despite his illegal status in this country, Mota, a Brazilian national, managed a cleaning business in Framingham at the time of the assaults. He is scheduled to next appear in court on July 8.