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

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.

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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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