FONTANA – An attempted rape suspect, located only a short distance away from the victim’s home, was taken into custody in the early morning hours on July 20.
Armando Gomez Contreras, 57, who has also been known with the middle name Galarza, was arrested at 11041 Oleander Ave. at 2:09 a.m., and has another court date assigned, according to records on Friday.
So far, Contreras has only been charged with burglary. Other charges are expected to be filed.
Police reports reflected that Contreras broke into the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl, attempted to have sex with her before she woke up and started screaming.
The 130-pound suspect fled from the home, but police responded in time to arrest him just a short distance away, according to Sgt. Brian Heaviside. “The victim woke up with the suspect standing over her,” said Heaviside.
The victim’s screaming, he said, startled the suspect.
Contreras, who was staying with relatives that lived near the victim, had apparently met the victim earlier that day on the 11000 block of Oleander. The two had been involved in a conversation, according to police.
Contreras, who had been drinking earlier that night, was en route back to his relatives’ home when he saw the victim’s bedroom window was open. He climbed into the home, said Heaviside, “with the intentions of having sex with the victim.”
Booked into the West Valley Detention Center in nearby Rancho Cucamonga, Contreras has pleaded not guilty to the burglary charges in court. There have been warrants issued for annoying a child and attempted rape charges.
Contreras will ultimately face three counts, including suspicion of rape, burglary and annoying a child, according to arrest reports. The county District Attorney is expected to file the additional charges.
According to records, bail has yet to be set.