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Man accused of snatching teen from Iowa yard

July 24, 2019

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — An El Salvador national has been arrested and charged with kidnapping after police say he snatched a teenage girl from an eastern Iowa yard, dragged her into a house and tried to sexually assault her.

The Courier reports the incident happened Tuesday afternoon in Cedar Falls. Police have charged 43-year-old Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez with second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. His bond has been set at $500,000. Court records say Vasquez told immigration officials he is in the country illegally.

Police say the girl was outside with a child she was babysitting, when Vasquez grabbed her and pulled her into a home. She told police that, once inside, he forced her against a wall and began to fondle her. She fought back, escaped and called police. Investigators say she and Vasquez did not know each other.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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