Man arrested after attempted sexual assault, burglary in Tempe

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The following is a press release from the Tempe Police Department:

TEMPE -- On November 12, 2008 at approximately 10:00 AM, Shane Tyler Johnson (09-25-73) was placed under arrest in the area of 1800 S Jentilly Ln, Tempe for suspicion of burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Investigation revealed that shortly after midnight on November 10, 2008 Johnson committed a burglary in the area of 1700 S Rural Rd, Tempe by unlawfully remaining inside the business after hours and removing cash from the office after the business had closed.

Later that day at approximately 11:30 PM, Johnson forcibly entered a residence in the area of Rural Rd and Broadway Rd. Once inside the residence, Johnson made contact with a female sleeping in a bedroom. Johnson removed the victim's clothing. A struggle ensued which resulted in the victim cutting the suspect with a sword. The suspect fled the residence and was not contacted at this time. The victim sustained some minor injuries in the incident.

On November 12, 2008 at approximately 06:30 AM, Tempe Police Officers responded to the area of 1800 S Jentilly Ln, reference a possible prowler in the area. Officers made contact with this person who was identified as Shane Tyler Johnson. Officers working in collaboration with one another, using the surveillance footage from the burglary, determined that Johnson was the same individual responsible for the burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Johnson was placed under arrest and booked into Tempe City Jail where he was held to see a judge.