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Fifteen-year-old arrested after burglary, rape 

San Luis Obispo police officers arrested a 15-year-old male on a slew of suspicions, including six counts of residential burglary, rape, false imprisonment, oral copulation, forcible sexual penetration, and kidnapping.

Police began searching for a juvenile, whose identity has not been disclosed, after an Aug. 27 burglary in San Luis Obispo, according to a department news release. On Sept. 19 at about 10:20 p.m., they arrested a 15-year-old suspect believed to have committed several burglaries and violent crimes.

The first burglary occurred on the 300 block of Montrose Drive. The resident interrupted the burglary, but the suspect was able to flee with stolen goods—mostly electronics, police say—before officers arrived. Police found fingerprints at the crime scene, which were used to identify the suspect. Capt. Chris Staley said the juvenile did have prior charges, but wouldn’t disclose specifics because of his age.

On Sept. 17, at approximately 11:30 p.m., police responded to a sexual assault at a residence. Detectives believe the same suspect committed the burglary and assault. Then, on Sept. 19, beginning at about 3 a.m., police allege the same suspect entered a residence on Carpenter Street. Just 30 minutes later, he entered another residence and choked a man while he was sleeping, demanding money. The man was able to overpower the suspect, who again fled with stolen property.

Staley said the suspect is still in custody in the Juvenile Services Center. He added that the minor could be tried as an adult “because of the severity of the crimes.” ∆

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