Peoria PD: Teen fought off would-be attacker

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Jacob Naranjo, 31, of Glendale (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Jacob Naranjo, 31, of Glendale (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Peoria Police Department has arrested a man they say attacked a 17-year-old while she was walking to work, and they say the teen not only fought the man off but was also instrumental in his arrest.

It happened Tuesday shortly after 5 a.m., about 90 minutes before sunrise, on 75th Avenue in the area of West Mountain View Road, which is near Hayes Park.

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The man, later identified as Jacob Naranjo, 31, of Glendale, rode up behind the teen on a bicycle. According to police, Naranjo got off the bike, grabbed the victim by the neck and pressed an unknown object to the side of her head as he tried to choke her and wrestle her to the ground.

In a Facebook post about the attack, the Peoria Police Department says she fought her way free and then used her cell phone to call 911.

“The victim was visibly shaken but luckily did not sustain any physical injury,” the post reads.

Although Naranjo hopped on his bike and rode away, police found him a few blocks away. The victim then positively identified him as her attacker, police said.

“During a search of Naranjo a small set of garden clippers was located and was possibly the object pressed to the side of the victim’s head,” according to the Department’s Facebook post.

Naranjo was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and aggravated assault.

 “It is important to keep our community informed of incidents like these and anyone who may have any additional information regarding this incident or individual is encouraged to contact the Peoria Police Department,” reads the social media post.

We do not yet know if Naranjo has any kind of criminal history.

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