Teen arrested in Glendale sexual assault

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Glendale last month.

Jacob Harvey was taken into custody after police learned he was being held as a runaway in Sells, Ariz.

Police said the sexual assault happened Nov. 7 near 43rd and Orangewood avenues.

The suspect knocked on the victim's door and asked for a drink of water, according to Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs. When she opened the door to hand him a glass, he forced his way in by physically assaulting her.

During the sexual assault, the victim's roommate returned home and the suspect fled through a back door.

Coombs said residents in the area recognized a composite sketch of the suspect. A photo lineup was conducted and the suspect was identified as Harvey.

An updated law enforcement bulletin was sent out, noting probable cause for arrest, and police were contacted by Harvey's caseworker with the Tohono O'odham Nation Reservation Child Welfare Division in Sells. The caseworker said Harvey was temporarily being held as a runaway until placement could be made.

Glendale police took custody of Harvey and he was booked at the Fourth Avenue Jail. Police said he will be tried as an adult.