Man, 27, accused of sexually assaulting woman, 63, in Village of Oak Creek

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VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK, Ariz. -- A 27-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a 63-year-old woman in the Village of Oak Creek last month.

The woman contacted the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office on May 28 to report the assault.

The victim told detectives that she and a friend were having drinks at a bar on the evening of May 15. After her friend left, she began visiting with an acquaintance and his roommate, Mark Puhuyaoma, whom she had never met.

The three continued drinking and then went to the roommates' apartment shortly after midnight.

The victim told investigators that she passed out at the apartment then awakened to Puhuyaoma sexually assaulting her. She told him to stop, but he ignored her demands. She passed out again and when she woke up around 9 a.m., he was gone.

The victim said that possibly something had been placed in one of her drinks, which caused her to pass out.

Deputies interviewed Puhuyaoma on Thursday and said he admitted to sexually assaulting the victim.

Puhuyaoma was arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on one count of sexual assault. He remains in custody on a $35,000 bond.