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Oxnard Police Nab Suspect Wanted For April Sexual Assault

OXNARD (  —  Police in Oxnard on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspect wanted for the sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman in April.

Authorities said the victim was walking alone in the 600 block of South Harbor Boulevard in the early morning hours of April 18.

Police said the unidentified woman was approached by a male driving a truck. The male followed the victim and tried to persuade her to get into his vehicle. The victim declined his advances and continued to walk on Harbor Blvd. The male subject eventually parked and exited his truck. He allegedly followed the victim to the area of Oxnard State Beach Park where he grabbed her and took her to a secluded area and committed a sexual assault.

Officials said the suspect fled the area on foot after the attack.

After a two-month investigation by the Oxnard Police Department's Sexual Assault and Family Protection Unit, and with the assistance of the Ventura County Crime Lab, the suspect was identified through DNA as Jose Guadalupe Langarica, a 55-year-old Oxnard resident.

Langarica was arrested Thursday around 8:40 a.m. in the 1200 block of Holly Avenue. He was taken into custody without incident. Langarica was booked into jail under suspicion of kidnapping for the purposes of sexual assault, rape by force or fear, digital penetration, and sexual battery. His bail is set at $750,000.

Anyone with information regarding Langarica or the sexual assault is encouraged to contact Detective Dobrosky with the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7609.

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