Man Arrested for Physically, Sexually Assaulting Asian Woman in San José

Man Arrested for Physically, Sexually Assaulting Asian Woman in San José
Bryan Ke
May 17, 2021
The San José Police Department arrested a 20-year-old man for following an Asian woman to her apartment building, where he later physically and sexually assaulted her.
What happened: Authorities responded to a call of sexual assault on the 300 block of South First Street at around 2:45 a.m. on May 8, the SJPD reported.
  • Investigators discovered the victim was followed by a man, later identified as Cristobal Fuentes-Melara, to her apartment.
  • Authorities believe the attack was not racially motivated.
  • Officers arrested Fuentes-Melara, without incident, hours after being identified on May 10. He is facing rape, aggravated kidnapping and other sexual assault-related charges.
  • The suspect was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
  • Authorities expressed concern that Fuentes-Melara may have assaulted other victims as well, CBS’ Maria Medina reported.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Palacio #4237 of the San José Police Department’s Sexual Assault Investigations Unit at (408) 277-4102.
A similar incident happened last week when a homeless man was arrested while sexually assaulting a 67-year-old Asian woman in Fremont, Calif.
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