A 33-year-old transient accused of sexually assaulting an 87-year-old woman at a home in Garden Grove on Friday has been arrested, police said.
Around 1:35 a.m., officers responding to a report of a sexual assault in the 8500 block of Lampson Avenue arrived at a home and found a man being detained by the victim’s relative, according to a Garden Grove Police Department news release.
The unidentified man allegedly broke into the house and sexually assaulted the woman, who police described as “disabled and dependent,” the release stated.
A police official told KTLA the victim was nonverbal and unable to cry for help or defend herself.
A relative awakened by noise coming from victim’s room went to check on her. The family member found her being sexually assaulted and called for help, police said.
The man then attempted to leave the house. He fought with the victim’s relatives as he tried to flee, but they managed to detain him in the backyard, according to the release.
The suspect was not known by the victim or her family, authorities said.
Police were not immediately releasing the man’s name because they first want to investigate whether he could be connected to other cases.
An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to call Detective Garcia at 714-741-5830.