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Francisco Hernandez-Murrieta convicted of an attempted rape in Walnut Creek near Iron Horse Trail

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A man convicted of an attempted rape in Walnut Creek last year has now been linked to another sexual assault case in the city two years prior, police said. Francisco Hernandez-Murrieta, 32, attacked a female as she was walking in a secluded park near Iron Horse Trail in the early morning hours of June 12, 2012, police said.

The woman was able to fight off Hernandez-Murrieta and contacted authorities who later arrested him near the scene, police said. He was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, prosecutors said. A swab of DNA taken from Hernandez-Murrieta was submitted to a California Department of Justice database and connected him to an Aug. 14, 2010, sexual assault on Lincoln Drive in Walnut Creek, police said.

During that incident, a woman who was alone in her car was attacked, police said. Both attacks happened in downtown Walnut Creek within half a mile of each other, police said. Hernandez-Murrieta is currently serving a 2-year sentence at San Quentin State Prison for the 2012 incident and now faces additional charges of assault to commit rape, police said.

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