East Bay Complex Increases Security Following Fifth Assault

Monday, Oct 4, 2010  |  Updated 4:25 PM PDT
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East Bay Complex Increases Security Following Fifth Assault

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Management at the Park Regency apartment complex in unincorporated  Walnut Creek is increasing security after an attempted rape on Saturday - the  fifth sexual assault reported at the complex since June.

There is already a security guard at the front gate of the complex, located in the 3100 block of Oak Road, and another one who patrols inside the  complex 24 hours a day, Administrative Assistant Mohammad Abid said today.

Crews are also working to install a fence and additional security cameras at the front of the  property. There will be a guard stationed at  the entrance who will check everyone entering the complex to make sure they are either a resident or a guest of a resident, Abid said.

"If you don't belong here, you don't come in," he said.

Saturday's attack was reported at about 6:45 p.m., Contra Costa  County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

 A 43-year-old woman was leaving her apartment when a man grabbed  her from behind and tried to force her back inside.

The victim struggled with her attacker and was able to break free and run away, but as she was running she fell down some stairs, Lee said.

She was taken by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center to be treated for the injuries from the fall, Lee said.

The suspect was gone when deputies arrived, but Lee said it appears the man had intended to rape the woman.

He is described as a white man about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build. He had brown hair and facial hair. He was wearing black jeans, a black T-shirt and a black baseball cap.

Lee said today that investigators still have not been able to confirm whether the same man is responsible for another attack at the  apartment complex on Sept. 16 in which a 27-year-old resident was raped inside her apartment.

The suspect in that attack was described as a white man between 20 and 30 years old. He was about 6 feet tall and had a full beard, according to deputies.

Investigators are still looking for a man who was going  door-to-door soliciting carpet-cleaning services at the Park Regency and  other nearby apartment complexes shortly before the rape.

Lee said today that the solicitor is still not considered a  suspect or even a person of interest in the case, but investigators believe  he could have information about the case and want to talk to him.

Three other unrelated sexual assaults happened at the same apartment complex on June 30, July 6 and Aug. 10. Two of the victims in those attacks were able to fend off their assailants by fighting back, but one of the victims, a 23-year-old woman, was raped inside her home.

The sheriff's office arrested 22-year-old Antonio Mouton of  Berkeley, on Aug. 10 for all three attacks after DNA allegedly linked him to the rape.

Mouton pleaded not guilty in August to charges of rape, two counts of attempted rape and three counts of burglary.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the sheriff's office at (925) 646-2441.
 

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