Man arrested in connection with attempted assault at Creekside Park
A man has been arrested in connection with an attempted sexual assault that occurred Friday night at Creekside Park.
Around 9:42 p.m. on July 19, a 29-year-old woman was walking in Creekside Park, located on the 200 block of Easy Street, listening to a podcast when a man came up from behind her and put his hand over her mouth. The man then lifted the woman off of the ground and attempted to carry her off, but the woman bravely fought back and began kicking and screaming.
Two people walking nearby heard the disturbance and began to walk towards the noise. The suspect became spooked, let go of the woman, and ran away.
Officers immediately responded to the area and began looking for the suspect. At the time, their search was not initially successful.
A few hours later, around 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, officers subsequently responded to reports of a prowler on the 200 block of Easy Street. As officers were investigating, one of them spotted a man walking away from the area who matched descriptions provided by the victim and the witnesses related to the attempted assault.
The man, identified as 30-year-old transient Sergio Martinez, was detained for prowling and brought back to the station for further inquiries. Through the course of their investigation, Mountain View detectives were able to determine that Martinez was the same man who had attacked the woman in Creekside Park on Friday evening.
He was subsequently arrested for attempted rape, attempted kidnapping, and false imprisonment. He was also arrested on prowling charges.
"The great work between the patrol teams and the investigators brought a swift resolution to this case," said Lt. Armando Espitia. "Our officers were alert, they pieced information together quickly, and our investigators were incredible in helping start to close out this terrifying experience. We will continue to stay vigilant and to work to keep our community safe."
Mountain View detectives are looking into the possibility that Martinez may have additional victims. If you recognize this man, and you are a victim, or you know of someone who is, please reach out to Detective Robert Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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