Homeless Man Indicted In Christmas Eve Abduction, Rape, Murder

Juan Perez-Coira has been indicted on six counts in connection with the death of Deborah Burns, 55, of Spring Valley.

Juan Perez-Coira
Juan Perez-Coira

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced a six-count indictment has been handed up against Juan Perez-Coira, 43, of Spring Valley in connection with assault and death of Burns. Perez-Coira, who is homeless, could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. He is charged with:

  • Three counts of Murder in the Second Degree, class “A” Felonies
  • One count of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony
  • One count of Rape in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony
  • One count of Kidnapping in the First Degree, a class “A” Felony

“The degradation, humiliation and terror allegedly suffered by the victim at the hands of the defendant are truly disturbing,” said Zugibe. “This was a particularly senseless crime. The charges against the defendant will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to the charges, between December 24 and December 26, 2013, Perez-Coira kidnapped Burns and raped and sodomized her, and caused her death. He allegedly knew her from the Lakeview Village housing complex where both of their families lived. Arraignment on the indictment is pending.


Tony T December 31, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Is Mr.Juan Perez-Coira a citizen of the United States?
Marietta Sanchez January 01, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Too bad the victim did not have a firearm.
Bruce Cohen January 01, 2014 at 12:35 PM
when he's found guilty, this human piece of waste doesn't deserve to live. We messed that up when we abolished the death penalty. Let's bring it back and I'll gladly pull the trigger, and be extremely happy abut it.
Issy January 01, 2014 at 07:54 PM
It is very disturbing that a fellow human could be 'extremely happy' about killing another. The death penalty is thwart with inconsistencies and racism and innocent people have been killed, which is very troubling. I hope you never find yourself wrongly accused, because undoubtedly there are others out there who would be extremely happy to end your life.
James R January 02, 2014 at 09:18 AM
What kind of torture, abuse and killing make sense? Even if you hate someone for some past infraction, it never makes any sense to take a human life. Here is a guy that was living on the street and now he has a roof over his head, meals and access to health care. He should be suffering, just like Ms. Burns suffered. If he simply robbed her and ran away, I could perhaps make some sense of a mugging, but what he did to her was brutal and cold hearted. His life should be over too.


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