Santa Cruz police arrested an 18-year-old man last Friday with assistance of a woman whom the suspect allegedly attacked and groped on a street corner near state Highway 1, a deputy police chief said. Jose Juan Solorzano was arrested in the 300 block of Swift Street on Friday after the victim worked for hours after the attack with a police sketch artist, Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.
On Thursday at about 11 p.m., the female victim was talking on her cellphone while standing at the corner of Bay and Seaside streets in Santa Cruz when a man approached and forcefully grabbed and fondled her, according to Clark. The man then fled and the 20-year-old woman went to her residence, told her roommates about the attack, contacted police and worked throughout the night with the sketch artist on a likeness of the attacker, Clark said.
A probation officer for the Police Department viewed the sketch Friday and recognized the possible suspect as Solorzano, which led to police arresting the man at about 12:30 p.m. that day, police said. Police also executed a search warrant at Solorzano’s home on Grandview Street and collected evidence, Clark said.
The victim acted bravely during the attack and did an excellent job describing the suspect for the sketch that led to the arrest of Solorzano only hours after the attack, he said. Police believe that Solorzano was involved in attacks on other two women in Santa Cruz that occurred last April, Clark said.
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