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Domestic Dispute Ends in Sexual Assault, Suspect at Large

The following information was supplied by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Sacramento County Sheriff's officials are investigating what lead to a domestic dispute that ended in the female victim physically and sexually assaulted in her San Juan Avenue home.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22. According to the Sheriff's Department report, the suspect and victim had been dating for four years and living together for two years. The couple became involved in a verbal argument that turned physical. When the suspect forced the female victim into a bedroom and refused to let her leave, the victim attempted to unlock the door several times, and each time she was denied. 

According to the report, the suspect pushed the victim onto the bed and held her down by the face and throat, choking her until she was unconscious. The suspect then pulled the victim's pants off and sexually assaulted her. She was able to free herself from the suspect and attempted to unlock the door, but the suspect pushed her down onto the floor and held her there by the face and throat again choking her until she was unconscious. The suspect then began punching the victim in the side of the head, causing bruising. The suspect eventually left, enabling the victim to report the crime where she was taken to the hospital.

Sheriff's Department spokesperson Jason Ramos explained investigators are treating the case as a sexual assault and false imprisonment crime and will be collecting evidence, making sure there is probable cause for an arrest, and likely submitting for a warrant request for the suspect. Ramos, however, could not say how quickly an arrest will be made. The swiftness of an arrest will depend on several factors. 

"One is making sure that the victim is committed to being a cooperative participant with the prosecution if it comes to that point," Ramos said. "Since the suspect is known, I imagine that his arrest will occur sooner rather than later, providing that my aforementioned criteria is met."

For questions about this blotter, email joshua.staab@patch.com.

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Rene Nitz May 25, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Hey Josh - got any good news?
Tom Andersen May 25, 2012 at 02:27 AM
There ya go with the 'White Male' description again. Only crimes committed lately are from White Males or White Ford Ranger pick ups Josh. Any reason for this? Any reason the police does NOT give you any descriptions other than White Males?
Joshua Staab May 25, 2012 at 03:11 AM
For reasons both sensitive to the case and to the victim's privacy, Sacramento Sheriff's Department did not disclose the name of the suspect at the time of this report.
Rene Nitz May 25, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Based on the demographics of Fair Oaks, I would guess most crimes are committed by whites. I do, however, see over and over again that Sac County Police (Ramos in particular) is slow to follow up or display any sense of urgency in most crimes I have seen so far reported. I'd just like to see more positive-type reporting and less perpetuation of fear-based reporting.

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