Police arrest suspect in Phoenix sex assaults

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Raymond Quintin Contreras (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Raymond Quintin Contreras (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Police have arrested a man they believe was involved in a series of sexual assaults in an area of west Phoenix.

Raymond Quintin Contreras, 28, of Phoenix, was arrested Monday afternoon and booked into jail on one felony count of sexual abuse, two felony counts of kidnapping and three felony counts of sexual assault in connection with attacks on three different women since Feb. 26.

A woman walking through a parking lot at Glendale and 27th avenues about 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 reported she was groped without her consent by a man, police said. Police located and questioned Contreras, who claimed he thought she was someone else. He also said he only touched her around her shoulders.

A woman who had been jogging about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of Glendale Avenue and 29th Drive called police to report a man had grabbed her, pushed her up against a wall, pulled down her pants and tried to force himself on her as she struggled.

A bicyclist told police that he heard someone yelling for help and then saw the attack take place. He said that he thought the suspect was trying to rape the woman, police said. He said the suspect ran when he saw him.

The victim described the suspect as a dark-skinned man with a ponytail and facial hair. She said he was wearing a dark colored T-shirt and plaid pajama-type pants. Police said the description matched that of Contreras.

A third victim was walking southbound from Glendale Avenue on 29th Drive Monday morning when she said a man walked up to her, forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. Police said the location was 15 to 20 feet from where the second victim was attacked.

DNA evidence was collected from the last two victims, and Contreras' photos was shown to the victims as part of a photographic lineup, police said.

Police arrested Contreras about noon Monday and he was wearing a dark T-shirt, plaid pajama pants and had his hair pulled back in a ponytail.

Contreras told police he did not know or have contact with the second and third victims and that he was sleeping at his grandmother's home during the time of the reported incidents. All of the incidents occurred in close proximity to the home, police said.

His grandmother told police that he had moved out of her residence on Feb. 27.

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