Fast Arrest Made in Alleged Sexually Motivated Attack of Santa Cruz Woman
An 18-year-old suspect admitted to the March 6 assault, plus others from April, police said.
Jose Juan Solorzano was apprehended at 12:30 p.m. March 7 on the 300 block of Swift Street, police said.
Solorzano is accused of attacking a 20-year-old female at 11 p.m. March 6, as she stood alone, talking on her cell phone, on the corner of Bay and Seaside. The woman said she was approached, grabbed and fondled, but was able to fight off the attacker and ran home to call 911, police said.
The woman met throughout the night with detectives and a sketch artist, who produced a rendering of the suspect.
In the morning, an in-house probation officer at the police department viewed the sketch and determined a possible suspect.
Detectives followed up on the lead, police said, and Solorzano was identified as the alleged perpetrator and arrested.
During questioning, Solorzano reportedly admitted to last week's attack and also confessed to others that occurred in April on the west side of the city, police said.
Detectives also served a search warrant at the suspect's home along Grandview Street and collected additional evidence, police said.
"The victim is an amazing 20-year-old female," the department said in a news release. "Not only was she brave and courageous during the attack, but she did an excellent job working with our detectives and sketch artist to give a great description of the suspect and events."
Solorzano was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on multiple charges relating to the attack.