Victim returns to scene to identify sexual assault attacker

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PHOENIX - Phoenix police arrest a sexual assault suspect, accused of attacking a woman in the area of 7th Avenue and Indian School Road.

According to investigators the attack happened on May 7 around 2:30 a.m. while the victim, a 47-year-old woman, was walking home.

The suspect, Adrian Velez, 24, grabbed the woman as she was walking through an alleyway and forced her into a nearby field.

Police said after the attack the suspect fled the area.

The victim contacted police and when they returned to the scene the victim spotted the suspect.

Police were able to take Velez into custody and booked him into jail on one count of sexual assault.

The victim only sustained minor injuries.

Sexual Assault Detectives would like to remind the community of the following safety tips: 1)Be vigilant of your surroundings. 2)Avoid using alleyways, for these offer opportunities for criminals to hide and secretly attack victims. 3)Avoid walking in isolated areas. Criminals look for opportunities to attack victims when they are alone. 4)Be weary of walking alone in the late evening/ early morning hours.Again, criminals are looking for victims to be alone so they can succeed in their crimes. 5)Let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to be there (so they can look for you if you do not arrive).