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Felon suspected of sexually assaulting Temecula girl near park


Last updated 12/28/2018 at 1:01pm

Miguel Esteban Cruz, of Temecula was arrested for sexual battery on Thursday, Dec. 27.

TEMECULA - A probationer suspected of sexually assaulting a Temecula girl was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Miguel Esteban Cruz, 26, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, resisting arrest and probation violations.

According to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Robert Menchaca, about 9:30 a.m., deputies were called to the area of Vail Ranch Park, near Harmony Lane and Vail Ranch Parkway, to investigate reports of a sexual battery.

Menchaca said the victim, a girl whose identity was not released, alleged she had been assaulted by a man and provided deputies with a detailed description.

During a search of the area, Cruz was detained based on the victim's statements. Mechaca said the convicted felon was positively identified as the alleged perpetrator and transported to jail.

According to court records, Cruz has prior convictions for sodomy of a minor and receiving stolen property.


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