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Santa Clarita man arrested for break-in, attempted rape

Adan Martinez

August 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was arrested for breaking into a Santa Clarita residence and attempting to sexually assault a female resident.

A 19-year-old woman was asleep at 5:50 a.m. Saturday when she woke to noises in her residence on the 27500 block of Sierra Highway in Santa Clarita. She found a man in the living room.

The woman told the man to leave, and he punched her in the face. He then put her in a bear hug and told her he was going to rape her, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies.

The woman fought back and screamed for help as the suspect dragged her toward the bedroom. The suspect released her. She ran from the apartment and called for help. The suspect fled the scene.

Investigating deputies were able to identify the suspect. He was later arrested in Saugus.

Santa Clarita resident Adan Martinez, 34, was booked at the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station on charges of attempted rape and burglary. He was held on $100,000 bail.

The victim was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Sheriff's detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying any other possible victims and/or witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Brian Hudson, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273 or SpecialVictims@lasd.org. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call "LA Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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