By supervisory staff
Dec. 8, 2021 — A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted a homeless man of raping a Santa Monica woman in her Ocean Park apartment three and a half years ago.
Dylan James Jensen, 42, was convicted of seven counts including rape, sexual assault, sodomy, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.
Santa Monica police arrested Jensen on June 4, 2018, after he entered the victim’s apartment in the 2900 block of 4th Street shortly before 6 a.m. and raped her in her bed.
Police say Jensen entered through an unlocked sliding door from an elevated patio, took a knife from the kitchen, and entered the victim’s bedroom while she was asleep.
The victim woke up and Jensen forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her, police said.
At trial, the victim testified that Jensen covered his mouth with his hands and held the knife to his face, according to a Westside Current report.
She repeatedly told the court that she had done what she could to survive in order “not to die”, the site reported.
A Los Angeles County psychiatrist who had treated Jensen for his methamphetamine addiction and depression, according to the report, also testified in the case.
Jensen has previously been arrested for possession of a controlled substance in 2013 and 2015 and for resisting and obstructing arrest in 2017, arrest records show.
Jensen, who was held on bail of approximately $1.59 million, could face up to 25 years to life in prison.
The next phase of the trial is expected to begin next month, when the court will determine whether Jensen was sane when he committed the rape.