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Stockton man charged in sexual assault of 8-year-old San Jose girl

A 24-year-old Stockton man has been arrested and charged for allegedly breaking into a home in San Jose last week and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.

The suspect is charged with rape of a child and other felonies for the attack reported at 7:36 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of Damsen Drive.

According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, the girl was playing in her home when the man allegedly entered, locked her in a room and sexually assaulted her. When he eventually let her go, she ran to a family member and the suspect fled.

At about 9:10 a.m., an officer saw a man walking in the area matching a description given of the suspect and detained him. The man was later identified and eventually booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail, San Jose police said.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement:

“This nightmare of a crime has shaken all of us. … The alert police officer who saw and arrested this predator just hours later, and before anyone else was hurt, is a credit to the badge and our community.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Yue or Detective Sgt. Marquardt of the Police Department’s sexual assaults investigation unit at (408) 277-4102.

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