VENTURA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities said they have arrested a 15-year-old suspected of a sexual assault in Ventura.
Officials said they received a call Oct. 20 from a “hysterical” woman who said she was assaulted in the 100 block of East Main Street.READ MORE: Man And Woman Shot To Death In Gardena
The woman told police she was walking in the area when she was encountered by a young man. He reportedly told the woman he was 18 but she said he appeared younger.
She said the boy suggested they take a shortcut off the main road but that he then became aggressive. The woman said the boy tried to grope her, and she refused his advances. The woman said the teen choked her until she passed out.READ MORE: Local Doctors Flying Back From Super Bowl Save Woman's Life On Plane
When she awoke, she said, the boy was attempting to remove her clothes. She told police that she screamed, and the male fled.
After an investigation, detectives identified the assailant as a 15-year-old Ventura resident. At the time of the assault, authorities said, the boy had also been reported as a runaway.MORE NEWS: Rally Held Outside LA Hall Of Justice To Recall District Attorney George Gascón
He was booked Thursday at the Ventura County Juvenile Detention facility and charged with felony battery and assault with intent to commit rape.