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Rocklin police arrest suspect in sexual battery of juvenile girl

Angelo Rodriguez, 31, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery of a juvenile on Saturday, March 26, 2016.
Angelo Rodriguez, 31, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery of a juvenile on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Rocklin Police Department

Rocklin police arrested a suspect Saturday in connection with one of two recent cases of sexual battery of juvenile girls in the city.

A man approached two girls from behind Friday and touched one of the girls inappropriately on a trail near Park Drive and Farrier Road, according to a police news release. Based on the description provided by the girls, police identified Angelo Rodriguez, 31, as the suspected assailant, the release said. Rodriguez is on probation and had three felony warrants for his arrest on unrelated charges.

The girls positively identified Rodriguez, the release said. He is suspected to be the assailant in another sexual battery case from Thursday, when a man approached and inappropriately touched a girl near Twin Oaks Park, according to the release. The girl resisted and fled. Police said she’ll be asked to identify whether Rodriguez was her attacker.

“I could not be more pleased with the diligence and expertise of our Rocklin police officers, who captured this assailant within 48 hours of the first attack,” police Chief Ron Lawrence said in the release. “Our Police Department has been working around the clock to identify the suspect in this case, in an effort to ensure no other victims became attacked by this criminal.”

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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