San Marcos man suspected of beating, choking, and raping smoke-shop clerk arrested

VISTA (CNS) – A San Marcos man was in jail Monday on suspicion of beating, choking and raping a North County smoke-shop clerk at her workplace over the weekend.

The woman made an emergency call shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday to report the alleged assault at Dab Central Smoke Shop, 940 W. San Marcos Blvd.

“A 911 operator overheard a disturbance inside the business over the open phone line and updated responding deputies,” sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth said.

The woman told arriving patrol personnel that she was alone inside the store when a man confronted and attacked her. During the struggle, her dog tried to protect her, at which point the man sent the animal fleeing by punching it, the lieutenant said.

The alleged perpetrator, 27-year-old Jason Edward Stay, remained at the scene and was taken in for questioning. Medics, meanwhile, took the woman to a hospital for treatment of injuries of undisclosed severity.

Stay was booked into the county jail in Vista this morning on suspicion of a slate of felony charges, including rape, assault, forcible oral copulation, burglary and animal cruelty. He was being held on $300,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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