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."
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