TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Evidence left at the scene helped officers nab a 22-year-old man accused of forcing an Arizona mother to take her infant from a stroller and walk to a pathway where he sexually assaulted the woman, police said Friday.
The suspect was identified as Abraham Antonio Garcia of Tucson.
The attack occurred Wednesday as the woman walked home after buying groceries in south Tucson. The suspect put a gun to her head and forced her onto a secluded walking path, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said.
The assault ended when the woman's 2-month-old began crying, giving the woman a chance to escape, he said. She called her boyfriend when she got back to her apartment, and he called police.
The woman and her unharmed baby were taken to a hospital.
Detectives searched the area for hours and sought help from the public.
The crime scene eventually helped them track down the suspect, Magnus said. Police found latent prints and DNA linked to Garcia, the chief said.
"I know we see television shows like CSI and others where everything seems to happen very quickly and easily within 60 minutes, but let me assure you in real life it takes an incredible amount of work and coordination to bring all these resources together like what saw in this case," Magnus said.
Police arrested Garcia on Thursday night as he drove near the scene.
Garcia is jailed in Pima County on $1 million bond. No attorney for him was listed in jail documents.