Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. testified yesterday that days after his son allegedly used the family shotgun to threaten an Alexandria woman before raping her, the secretary found the weapon "exactly" where he had hidden it weeks prior to the incident.

Manuel Lujan told a Circuit Court jury that he and his son, Robert Jeffrey Lujan, 28, had been skeet shooting two or three weeks before the alleged Nov. 11 rape and that after the weapon was cleaned, Manuel Lujan hid it in his wife's closet. He said he hid the weapon so that no intruders, children or family members would find it.

"In our house, we don't go in your room, and you don't go in ours," Manuel Lujan testified hours before a Cabinet meeting to discuss the war in the Middle East.

Jeff Lujan was indicted by an Alexandria grand jury on charges that he forced his way into the alleged victim's apartment in a northeast Alexandria high-rise and threatened her with a shotgun before making her submit to sexual acts.

If convicted on all four counts -- burglary, rape, forcible sodomy and use of a weapon in a rape -- Jeff Lujan could be sentenced by the jury to a minimum of 22 years in prison.

During two hours of testimony, Jeff Lujan told the jury that the woman, 48, was wrong when she said they had never met before and when she testified that she woke up at 4:30 a.m. to find him sitting naked on her bed with the gun.

"I met {the woman} several times in the lobby of {the apartment building} as she was leaving for work in the morning," said Lujan, having noted that he did several odd jobs around the apartment complex where the Lujans and the victim lived.

Lujan said that on the night of the incident, he ran into the woman about 3 a.m. when he went to the basement vending machines to buy a soda and cigarettes. On the way back to his apartment, Lujan said, "the elevator stopped on the lobby level, and that is when {the woman} got on the elevator."

Lujan said the woman acknowledged that she had been out and invited him to her apartment. He said he agreed, but went to his own apartment first to "freshen up."

Lujan told the jury that he felt "apprehensive" when he went to the woman's apartment a half-hour later and she greeted him at her door dressed in a robe. Minutes later, he said, she led him into her bedroom.

"I felt kind of shy. We had never really personally gotten to know each other," Lujan said.

He said she was friendly until after they had sex. "At the end, she changed," Lujan said. ". . . I couldn't understand what was wrong. She wasn't responding, and she said, 'Could you please leave?' "

Lujan also said that he never knew where his father had hidden the shotgun, but added that he described shotguns and skeet shooting to the woman in some detail.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Cary S. Greenburg attempted during cross examination to show how Lujan's jobs in the building might have given him access to master keys that would have allowed him to quietly enter the woman's apartment.

Greenburg also alleged that in the weeks before the alleged assault, Lujan spied on the woman by using binoculars to peer into her apartment -- an allegation Lujan denied.

Earlier in the day, police Investigator Tim Gleeson testified that when he searched the Lujan apartment, he found a pack of cigarettes that may have belonged to the victim.

Gleeson said that when he pulled the cigarettes out of a bag on the floor of Lujan's bedroom, Lujan "turned to his mother and said, 'Mom, tell them they're your cigarettes. They've got a case here. Mom, tell them.' " Gleeson said Lujan's mother "began to cry and left the room."

The victim had testified that Lujan had taken a pack of cigarettes from her apartment, but Lujan and one of his sisters testified yesterday that their mother had taken up smoking again last year and smoked the same brand as the victim.