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Fingerprints lead to sexual assault arrest

Fingerprints lead to sexual assault arrest

September 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Westminster Police using fingerprint evidence have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a local playground. Marco Gonzalez-Estrada, 29, of Westminster, was arrested Wednesday at his home on the 7200 block of 20th Street and booked on suspicion of attempted rape and sexual battery, police said.

The incident began at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, when Westminster police officers went to a McDonald's restaurant at 7112 Westminster Blvd. where the woman had requested help. Police say the victim had "visible bruising of her face and upper torso."

The woman then led officers to a playground next to the Christ Church of Westminster at 14061 Chestnut St., where she said the attack occurred. The victim told officers she had met the suspect at a gas station and agreed to accompany him to the playground, police said.

Technicians from the police department's Forensic Services Unit went to the crime scene and began gathering evidence left behind by the suspect, police said. Based on fingerprint evidence, collected at the scene, police say FSU technicians found a match to Marco Gonzalez-Estrada. The victim later identified Gonzalez-Estrada as her attacker, according to a police statement.


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