KING CITY — Officers from the King City Police Department responded Jan. 29 to a report of a juvenile victim who said she had been sexually assaulted by an elder Hispanic male.

The girl said she was walking in the 400 block of N. Vanderhurst Avenue when the man approached her and began to speak with her, attempting to obtain identifying personal information from her. When she tried to end the interaction, the man began to hug her and then inappropriately touched an intimate part of her body.

The man walked away but was later located by officers, who conducted an in-field identification that positively identified him as the man who had sexually battered the victim.

The man, identified as 70-year-old Jose Perez Cardenas of King City, was subsequently arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail.

“Currently this investigation is ongoing, and the King City Police Department is requesting any member of the community who has information regarding this incident to please contact Sgt. Joshue Partida at 831-386-5988,” police said in a news release.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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