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East Bay man arrested in Mountain View assault

An Oakland man has been arrested in connection with a strangling and a rape that occurred in Mountain View on Sunday.

Lavel Powell, 29, was arrested without incident by Mountain View detectives Thursday morning.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, around 9:30 a.m., we responded to an area hospital for reports of a woman who showed visible signs of sexual assault. When we arrived, we spoke with the victim, who stated that a friend, later identified as Powell, had contacted her in the early morning hours on Sunday, telling her that he needed her to pick him up at a business in Mountain View.

The victim picked Powell up and the two drove to the 800 block of Greenview Drive, where the victim parked and the two proceeded to talk.

At some point during that conversation, Powell grabbed the victim by the neck and began to strangle her until she lost consciousness. When the victim awoke, Powell was sexually assaulting her. The victim was able to push Powell out of the car and she subsequently drove to an area hospital for treatment.

Detectives quickly gathered information on the suspect, and on Sept. 27, arrested Powell outside his place of work in Palo Alto.

“These cases are never easy, and what this young woman suffered is beyond reprehensible,” said Sgt. Dan Vicencio. “We are investigating this case fully.”

The successful arrest of Powell was in large part thank to the Mountain View Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit, the Crime Suppression Unit, Mountain View Police Department patrol units, the Palo Alto Police Department, and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team.

Powell was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on charges of rape by force. He is being held without bail.

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