The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety has released the identity of a man they say sexually assaulted a woman at a motel early Friday morning. Officers arrested Sunnyvale resident Luis Lopez, 31, less than four hours after responding to a call from the Motel 6 at 775 N. Mathilda Ave., where a woman had been heard screaming for help, city of Sunnyvalespokesman John Pilger said. Sunnyvale DPS officers arrived at about 3:30 a.m. and the woman reported that a man had assaulted her, according to Pilger. Officers set up a perimeter and began searching the area, and the woman was transported to the hospital. At about 7 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call that a man was drinking coffee at a Denny’s restaurant and reportedly hiding his face. Officers went to the restaurant and set up a perimeter around the building. Officers brought Lopez outside, and witnesses identified him as the man they saw assaulting the victim. He was arrested and taken into custody, and spent the day being interviewed by investigators, who are treating the case as a sexual assault. Lopez will likely be taken to the Santa Clara County Main Jail once the interviews end, according to Sunnyvale police.
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