Good Samaritan stops sexual assault, took pictures, police say

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Santa Ana police say a Good Samaritan helped stop a sexual assault and took pictures that helped lead to the suspect's arrest.

Police say the suspect, Jorge Cruz de Armas, contacted a woman and offered her a ride on Monday around 4:30 p.m.

They say the 28-year-old woman accepted the offer and willingly entered his vehicle.

A short time later, he then asked her if she wanted to have sex and she refused.

He drove to an alley in the 1600 block of East Palm Street in Santa Ana and then allegedly attacked the woman.

He allegedly began strangling her and covered her mouth with duct tape, police said.

A passerby heard the screaming from the vehicle and approached and disrupted the assault, police said.

He opened the door and rescued the victim and took photos of the suspect's vehicle as it fled the scene.

Police say they were able to develop evidence at the crime scene that led them to de Armas and arrested him at his workplace in Costa Mesa.

Investigators are looking to see if there are other alleged victims. They asked anyone with information to contact Detective E. Majors at 714-245-8378, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.
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