O.C. Man Arrested After Alleged Attempted Sex Assault Leaves 68-Year-Old Woman in Critical Condition

A Garden Grove man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted sexual assault of a 68-year-old woman who was left in critical condition after the attack, the Garden Grove Police Department announced Wednesday.

Michael Varela, 30, is seen in a photo released by the Garden Grove Police Department on Sept. 13, 2017.

Michael Varela, 30, is seen in a booking photo released by the Garden Grove Police Department on Sept. 13, 2017.

Michael Varela, 30, was taken into custory after police responded to a call about “a female down in the street” on Sunday morning, police said in a news release.

The woman was discovered in the 13400 block of Balos Drive at about 5:15 a.m. Sunday, and Varela was found at the scene and arrested, police said.

A preliminary investigation led police to conclude the woman was the victim of a violent assault and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

Varela was booked at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted sexual assault.

Police have not released information on the exact nature of the woman’s injuries. She remained hospitalized three days after receiving the critical injuries, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.