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Woman Sexually Assaulted At Walnut Creek Apartment Complex

WALNUT CREEK (BCN) -- A woman was sexually assaulted Thursday night at the Park Regency Apartments in unincorporated Walnut Creek, but investigators say the incident is not connected to a rape and two attempted rapes at the same apartment complex in recent months, Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said Friday.

The attack happened around 6 p.m. in the gated apartment complex in the 3100 block of Oak Road.

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, was opening the door to her apartment when the suspect forced his way in with her and sexually assaulted her, Lee said.

The suspect fled on foot after the attack.

The victim notified the sheriff's office about 40 minutes later

and was taken to a local hospital, Lee said.

The suspect is described as a white man between 20 and 30 years old. He is about 6 feet tall and had a full beard. He was wearing jeans, a short-sleeved shirt and a hooded sweatshirt.

Sheriff's deputies, with help from Walnut Creek police, searched for the suspect, but didn't find him. The sheriff's office crime lab processed the scene.

According to Lee, the incident does not appear to be related to the earlier series of assaults at the apartment complex, which happened on June 30, July 6 and Aug. 10.

The suspect in those assaults, 22-year-old Berkeley resident Antonio Mouton, has been arrested and remains in custody in Contra Costa County jail.

Investigators have said Mouton's DNA matches the DNA collected from one of the victims.

Mouton pleaded not guilty to the charges and family members have said they believe he is innocent.

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