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15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, armed robbery

Prescott police arrested a 15-year-old boy Sunday, Nov. 6, on charges of sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated assault, burglary (1st degree), armed robbery and criminal damage after he allegedly entered a Prescott residence and assaulted an adult woman.

Police officers responded to a call at 2:40 a.m. Sunday near Gurley and Rush streets where they learned of a sexual assault. According to a news release from Deputy Chief of Police Amy Bonney, the victim stated that while she was sleeping, an unknown male entered her home. She woke up to find him standing over her bed. The victim reported he was wearing all black, including black ankle length socks and a black cloth covering his face. The victim reported the male displayed a weapon and sexually assaulted her.

While officers were taking the report, a second burglary was reported in the area. A neighbor said a male matching the description of the suspect had broken into another apartment, and had been observed rummaging through drawers in the kitchen before the occupant scared him away. The suspect left with a cell phone belonging to the resident.

Later Sunday morning, officers responded to a report of a suspicious male looking through the windows of a residence in the area. They found a male matching the same description who attempted to flee. Officers detained a 15-year-old male resident of Prescott, and found evidence of the crime on him and during a subsequent search warrant. The suspect was booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Facility on the six charges. The Daily Courier does not release names of juveniles.

Detectives learned that the male suspect had allegedly entered several residences in the area, including the victim’s home, by slicing the screens and opening windows. It is unknown how many residences he had attempted to enter prior to being apprehended.

Prescott police detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen this individual in the area or who may have noticed damage to their homes, such as sliced screens, but have not reported it. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Jack Shapiro at 928-777-1983.

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