Man charged in Riverside, Corona rapes dating back to 1996

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A convicted felon who allegedly committed at least six sexual assaults in Corona and Riverside over an 11-year span, gaining control over victims with a knife or gun in extended attacks, pleaded not guilty today to forcible rape and other offenses. "These were extremely violent assaults," Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said during a briefing at the D.A.'s headquarters in downtown Riverside. "The victims suffered. These were tremendously horrible incidents, and for some of them, their lives will never be the same." Darin Edward Cooke, 50, of Prescott, Arizona, was taken into custody by Yavapai County sheriff's deputies on May 26 after an arrest warrant was served at his residence. Cooke was extradited to California and booked into the Robert Presley
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