TORONTO - Guillermo Valle-Quintero is a violent, manipulating menace who caused two women to fear for their lives and nearly killed one of them.
The first victim survived his attempt to suffocate her through heroic desperation in November 1998. The second escaped his violent grasp by using a video showing her facial injuries to tip off police.
The Crown has started the process of having Valle-Quintero, 49, declared a dangerous offender -- which, if successful, will keep him behind bars indefinitely.
He was most recently convicted last August of assaulting and threatening to kill his second victim late in 2010 and early in 2011.
The Crown will include his violence against his first victim and his latest one in arguing that he be declared a dangerous offender.
In the earlier case, one day after being released from jail for a domestic assault charge in 1998, Valle ambushed the woman in her car in York Region, north of Toronto.
He duct-taped her mouth and nose, put a plastic bag and duffel bag over her head, hogtied her and locked the 37-year-old woman in the trunk of her car, according to an Ontario court judgment.
The victim vigourously clawed herself free, damaging portions of five false fingernails and poked her hand outside the trunk, causing motorists to honk. This forced Valle to stop behind a bakery at Weston Rd. and Hwy. 7 where she escaped after he opened the trunk near a dumpster, according to the judgment.
Eleven years and four months of prison for this attempted murder didn't deter Valle from terrorizing his latest victim in the fall of 2010 and January 2011.
The second victim, 48, left a video trail -- displaying her split lip and bruised cheek after he knocked her unconscious -- so that he wouldn't get away with killing her, according a court judgment last August.
Both victims' identities are covered by a publication ban.