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Man Suspected of Targeting Prostitutes is Arrested in Sexual Assault in San Jose

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San Jose police on Sunday arrested a man on suspicion of attempted sexual assault, false imprisonment and robbery who investigators believe has been targeting prostitutes, a spokeswoman said. Police have withheld the man’s name and any description of his female victim because investigators do not want to taint the recollections of others he may have victimized if they come forward to give statements, Sgt. Heather Randol said.

The man is described as Hispanic and in his mid-30s and is suspected of pursuing and victimizing prostitutes in San Jose, Randol said. On Sunday at about midnight, police arrested the suspect after a man reportedly restrained the female against her will, tried to sexually assault her and robbed her using a weapon in the area of South Third and Martha streets just south of downtown San Jose, police said.

South Third and Martha is neighborhood where there are “quite a few” prostitutes plying their trade, Randol said. The area is one of several parts of San Jose known for groups of street-level prostitutes, including First and East Alma streets near Spartan Stadium, along Monterey Road in South San Jose and Alum Rock Avenue and North 33rd street just east of U.S. Highway 101 in East San Jose, Randol said.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident in the vicinity of South Third and Martha to call the department’s sexual assault investigation unit at (408) 277-4102, or to remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-7867.

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