Thursday, August 30, 2007

Woman, Son Hold Man Accused Of Raping Girl

Mother Interrupted Assault In Child's Bedroom, Police Say

POSTED: 1:23 pm EDT August 24, 2007
UPDATED: 6:20 pm EDT August 24, 2007

Police said a woman interrupted a 19-year-old man's rape of her 5-year-old daughter and, with the help of her son, held him in her home until officers arrived early Friday morning. According to police, Jesus Valenzuela (pictured) entered the home, located in the 6000 block of Sunwood Drive on the city's northwest side, and raped the girl in her bedroom. The girl's mother told police that she awoke at about 4:30 a.m. and found the home's patio door open. When she went to check on her children, she found Valenzuela raping the 5-year-old, police said.

Police said the woman pulled Valenzuela off her daughter and yelled for help from her 13-year-old daughter, who was asleep in the same bedroom, and her 18-year-old son, who also was asleep in the home. The 13-year-old called 911, and the son arrived to help his mother, police said. "Of course, the suspect is trying to get away. The 18-year-old son arrives, and they're able to subdue (Valenzuela) and hold him there for the police to come and get," Indianapolis police Sgt. Matt Mount said. Police said Valenzuela refused to answer investigators' questions, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported. They said he is a Mexican national who may be in the U.S. illegally. Authorities said they found property that belonged to the children in Valenzuela's pockets. Police said that in the home, they found items that they believe Valenzuela dropped after stealing them from a vehicle down the street. He was being held Friday on felony charges of child molestation and burglary, police said.

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