5-year-old girl sexually assaulted in Fullerton; suspect on the run

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A search is underway for a man wanted by police for allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in Fullerton.

A search is underway for a man wanted by police for allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in Fullerton.

On Dec. 21, Fullerton police officers responded to an out-of-area hospital regarding the possible assault, which authorities believe occurred in Fullerton.

Upon investigation, detectives named 30-year-old Rigoberto Arevalo Cubias as the suspect. Authorities are accusing Cubias of engaging in sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child under the age of 10 at a home in the 1900 block of Deerpark Drive.

Fullerton police Sgt. Jon Radus said Cubias is an acquaintance of the victim's family.

A man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he's seen Cubias many times because he lives in an apartment complex at that address.

"I've seen him out there one time and I'd be working on my car. I would just see him go by, and I wouldn't think anything, you know?" the man said.

Police described Cubias as an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador with a fake California driver's license.

He also has a prior, outstanding $50,000 arrest warrant for a DUI from 2014 under the name "Jose Cubias," officials said. In addition to that name, his other aliases include Jose Cubias Arevalo, Jose Riberto Cubias and Jose Alfonso Cubias Arevalo.

Cubias was described as approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Detectives believe Cubias knows he is wanted by police, adding that he has discarded his previously owned car and cellphone.

If you have any information about Cubias or his whereabouts, you're urged to contact Detective Carin Wright at (714) 738-6754. You can submit anonymous tips by calling Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.
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