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DNA ID Leads to Attempted Sexual Assault Arrest
updated: May 14, 2014, 3:11 PM

Source: SBPD

Oscar Javier Aguilar-Jimenez, age 26, of Santa Barbara, was arrested for multiple felonies stemming from an attempted sexual assault that occurred in a business on the 700 block of State Street on April 1, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. A photo and video clip of Aguilar-Jimenez taken by a security camera in a nearby establishment was distributed to the public on April 3, 2014 in an SBPD Catch A Predator media release. It was DNA analysis, however, that identified Aguilar-Jimenez as the suspect in this case.

Investigation revealed that just prior to the incident Aguilar-Jimenez hid outside of the rear of the business where the assault occurred. When the victim, an adult female, opened the rear door Aguilar-Jimenez burst in, violently attacked her, and wielded a knife to her throat. An adult male co-worker that was in the front of the business heard the victim's screams and came to her aid. He fought off Aguilar-Jimenez however had his left hand slashed by Aguilar-Jimenez's knife in the process, an injury that required sutures. Aguilar-Jimenez fled the scene. The totality of the circumstances, including a number of details not yet being released, has led investigators to believe that this incident was an attempted sexual assault.

SBPD Crimes Against Persons Detective Douglas Klug conducted follow-up investigation in this case. He submitted multiple items of evidence initially collected by patrol CSI Officers to the California Department of Justice Crime Lab for DNA analysis and requested that the lab work be expedited given the possibility of a sexual predator being at large in the community. On May 9, 2014 Detective Klug received notification that DNA analysis had identified the suspect as Aguilar-Jimenez, a Santa Barbara resident who is currently on probation for auto theft. Coincidentally, the following morning Aguilar-Jimenez was arrested by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies for an unrelated burglary and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. Detective Klug contacted Aguilar-Jimenez there and booked him on the following felonies with a bail amount of $250,000.00:

· Assault with the intent to commit certain felonies

· Assault with a deadly weapon (two counts)

· False imprisonment

· Burglary

Photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

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