Suspect accused of choking, sexually assaulting woman in alley

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PHOENIX - Police arrested a suspect linked to a sexual assault that occurred in the area of 12th Street and Devonshire.

Phoenix police say a woman was walking near a pawn shop when an unknown man approached her and started chatting.

The conversation led the two to start walking together, the man told the women he knew of a shortcut through the alley where they were going,

That is when police believe the suspect then pulled the victim into the ally, choked her to unconsciousness and sexually assaulted her.

Police say after the victim woke up, she immediately called 911 and police were in the area, so they got to her quickly.

A perimeter was set up and officers were able to find a man matching his description.

After taking the suspect into custody, the victim positively identified him as her attacker.