Police Release New Details In Kidnap, Sexual Assault Of Santa Ana Girl

SANTA ANA (CBS) — Police released new suspect information Wednesday in the July 15 abduction and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Santa Ana girl.

The girl was playing with a 4-year-old boy in front of an apartment complex in the 1400 block of South Townsend Street between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Police say that was when the suspect kidnapped the girl, took her to a nearby parking lot and sexually assaulted her before dropping her back off in the same area.

Authorities describe the suspect as a Hispanic man between 25 to 35 years old with short spiked black hair and a thick mustache.

“Nobody knows this individual,” Bertagna said. “He was seen by several people, and he doesn’t live there, doesn’t work there, and he’s not known to the family.”

Police report the suspect was driving a 1990s model silver 2-door Honda Civic with a moonroof and a spoiler on the back.

“We’re looking in the immediate areas and the adjacent areas in hopes that somebody sees the vehicle,” Bertagna said.

Residents of the victim’s apartment complex said many children aren’t playing outside anymore because of the incident.

“Since what happened, everybody has been more quiet,” said Sonia Gallardo.

Santa Ana police encourage anyone with information to call (714) 245-8665.


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