Police arrested an illegal alien for attacking a girl and attempting to sexually assault her in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Tuesday, authorities said.
Local police arrested Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez, a 43-year-old immigrant from El Salvador, for second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to abuse, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported. Authorities are currently holding Vasquez-Martinez in Black Hawk County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
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Cedar Falls police accused Vasquez-Martinez of grabbing a 16-year-old babysitter by the wrist and pulling her into his home. He allegedly forced the girl against a wall in a bedroom, attempted to pull down her shirt and tried to put his hand down her pants.
The girl was able to resist, and she escaped from his house, authorities said. She allegedly ran back to the home where she was babysitting, locked the doors and dialed 911.
The victim had minor injuries such as a scratch on her chest and marks on her arm from the attack, according to local police. In addition, the child she was babysitting did not suffer any injuries, KCRG reported. (RELATED: Major DC Suburb Will Now Punish Officials Who Cooperate With ICE)
Vasquez-Martinez told authorities he was in the country illegally, according to court records. Local authorities contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to KCRG.
“On July 24, 2019, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed an administrative arrest warrant and immigration detainer with the Blackhawk County (Iowa) Jail on Saul Santos Vasquez, 43, an illegal alien from El Salvador, following his arrest on local felony charges of second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse,” ICE Public Affairs Officer Shawn A. Neudauer told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“According to an initial review of ICE databases, Santos Vasquez had not previously been encountered by U.S. immigration authorities,” Neudauer added in a statement.
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