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* John Detches Arrested By Mountain View Police As Sexual Assault Suspect On Stevens Creek Trail

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A transient from the San Jose area has been arrested in connection with the attempted sexual assault of a jogger in Mountain View last week and two similar incidents last month.Two Mountain View police sergeants on patrol arrested 32-year-old John Detches at about 4 p.m. Sunday on Stevens Creek Trail where, on Nov. 29, a man matching his description attacked a woman as she jogged.The victim told police her attacker blocked her path near the Dana Street overcrossing, picked her up in a bear hug and carried her toward some bushes along the creek, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.She began scratching his face and fought him until he dropped her, Wylie said.The man fled on a green mountain bike and the woman, who was uninjured, borrowed someone’s cell phone to call 911, Wylie said.Police said Detches also matches the description of a suspect in two other incidents along the trail last month.On Nov. 12, a 24-year-old woman reported that she had been jogging when a man approached her and grabbed her shoulders, police said. She pulled away and elbowed him in the stomach, and he fled on his bicycle. Another woman in her 20s came forward after media reported on the Nov. 29 incident. She told police that a man had approached her and grabbed her arm along the trail on Nov 25. She yelled at him and he fled on his bike, police said.The woman had initially reported the case to Sunnyvale police, but they determined the incident had occurred in Mountain View.Detches has been arrested on three counts of assault with intent to commit rape and one count of kidnapping. He was booked into San Jose Main Jail without bail. He had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest from another jurisdiction and was on parole for burglary.Police urge anyone who had any contact with Detches on a pedestrian or bike trail to contact their local police department.

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