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Claremont sexual predator identified, arrested

A 34-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Claremont girl, authorities said.
April 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 34-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Claremont girl while she was home alone in March, authorities said.

Joseph Davall, of Yucca Valley, was arrested at his home. He was being held at the Claremont City jail on $100,000 bail.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Crime lab told Claremont detectives that crime scene evidence identified Davall, which was confirmed by a second lab.

Police attempted to arrest Davall just before 7 a.m. Friday during a traffic stop near his home. However, Davall did not stop and led police in a short pursuit back to his home. He was then arrested.

A search warrant was served at his home and other evidence recovered.

Claremont Police did not release a booking photo of Davall because he may be wanted for similar crimes in other parts of Southern California. A composite image of the suspect was created after the sexual assault was reported in March.

Investigators allege Davall sexually attacked a girl in her bedroom while she was sleeping in her Claremont home on March 21.

Police said Davall has a criminal record, including arrests for domestic violence.


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