VIDEO: Suspected rapist arrested after video captures attack on teenager
Published 09/05/2015 | 15:25
A man alleged to have been captured on camera attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl after forcing his way into her home has been arrested, said US police.
Mohammad Khaliqi is being held in the Santa Clara County Jail after more than 100 people contacted the San Jose police department following an appeal to trace the suspect seen in the above CCTV footage attacking the young teen.
Police said the 31-year-old, who is wanted in connection with two separate attempted sexual assault cases, shaved his head and beard when he realised he had been caught on video.
Californian police launched a man hunt for Khaliqi after he forced his way into a teenager’s home and attempted to rape her in broad daylight.
On Tuesday, he was filmed striking up a conversation with the 13-year-old as she stood outside her family’s home.
He then forced his way through the front door when she went inside.
He soon fled however when the brave girl fought him off and managed to call the police.
The girl then locked the door after he left, hid in a closet and texted her father: "DADDY COME HOME NOW. SOME GUY TRIED TO RAPE ME."
The attack was caught on the family's home CCTV system.
“The guy starts a conversation with her and when she opens up the door, the suspect pushes her in, tries to sexually assault her,” said San Jose police Sergeant Enrique Garcia.
“The little girl is brave, she fights back, and the guy leaves on foot."
"He's not concerned about being caught, since he's doing this in broad daylight."
Investigators believe Khaliqi is the same person who attempted to sexually assault a woman in a public restroom in a grocery store in April.
During a press conference on Friday, they said Khaliqi lived within walking distance of the 13-year-old.
The San Jose Deputy Chief called the 31-year-old "a monster" and said he was glad to have him in custody.