Phoenix police arrest suspect in January sex assault
Conrado Lopez-Moreno was arrested Sunday in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in January. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Phoenix police Sunday arrested a 36-year-old man in connection with a violent sexual assault in north Phoenix in January.
Police had been looking for Conrado Lopez-Moreno, who also goes by the name Jesus Moreno, since the attack on a 27-year-old woman in her bed Jan. 5, said Phoenix police Officer James Holmes.
The woman told police she was awakened about 3:15 a.m. by a man armed with a knife who was sexually assaulting her.
The victim's boyfriend woke up and pulled the suspect from his girlfriend, though the suspect broke free and fled the home in the 2600 block of West Krall Street.
"This is what we refer to as a night-time burglary or sometimes people refer to it as a cat-burglar," Silent Witness Sgt. Darren Burch said.
"(He came) into the home knowing that the victims are home, so (he) enjoys this invasion of privacy aspect. Unfortunately, we do see these cases of these night time burglaries where the suspect will attempt some type of sex crime during the burglary, and that's what we have here," Burch said.
Police collected evidence and identified Conrado Lopez-Moreno as a person of interest.
Lopez-Moreno, described as a "local transient," was booked into jail on suspicion of felony sexual assault, aggravated assault and first-degree burglary, Holmes said.
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