Asian Woman Followed Home and Raped in San Jose

May 15, 2021

SAN JOSE, California—On Saturday, May 8, around 2:45 a.m., 20-year-old Cristobal Fuentes-Melara followed an Asian woman into an apartment building on 300 block of South First Street. According to police, Fuentes-Melara then physically and sexually assaulted her.

Apartment security cameras captured the attack.

Two days later, detectives from the department’s Sexual Assault Investigation Unit along with the Street Crimes Unit identified the suspect as Fuentes-Melara and soon took him into custody without incident, according to KPIX5.

Fuentes-Melara was booked on charges of rape, aggravated kidnapping, and other sexual assault-related charges. Authorities confirmed the victim was Asian, however, they do not believe the assault was racially motivated.

According to KPIX5, Fuentes-Melara is currently being held at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas on $500,000 bail.

Feature Image via KPIX5

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