Arrest made in Solana Beach elevator attack

SOLANA BEACH — A 17-year-old boy is in juvenile hall six days after being identified as the suspect in an Oct. 20 elevator attack on a woman.
The woman escaped with minor injuries after the juvenile male suspect held a knife to her neck and threatened to kill her if she made any noise, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The female victim was grabbed from behind as she entered the elevator to her apartment complex on the 800 block of Stevens Avenue just after midnight.
She ignored the assailant’s threats to be silent and immediately began fighting and screaming, according to Detective Jeffrey Schmidt of the Sheriff’s Department.
Patrol units responded to the 911 call that was made after the assault, and the suspect was described as a light-skinned Hispanic male between 16 and 19 years of age.
A suspect sketch was generated, which helped lead to the juvenile suspect’s arrest, Schmidt said.
“Tips came in from the public from the sketch,” he said.
One of the tips confirmed authorities’ suspicions, according to Schmidt.
Because of the suspect’s age, Schmidt was unable to comment on details such as whether the attack was a sexual attempt, or if the suspect had any prior arrests.

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