Teen’s neighbor lured her into a garage and sexually assaulted her, police say

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An arrest was made in a reported sexual assault case Wednesday in Merced County, authorities confirm.

On March 13, Atwater Police officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call in the 1800 block of Carter Way.

Officers met with a 17-year-old girl and her father, who said she was lured into a garage and sexually assaulted by her 20-year-old neighbor, Ebensio Delgado.

“When she was finally able to escape the garage, she told her father what had happened at which time he called the police,” the department says.

Officers were able to detain Delgado at his apartment, and he was later arrested, transported and booked into the Merced County Sheriff’s Department main jail on suspicion of rape by force or fear and false imprisonment.

The police department encourages residents to report criminal activity by calling 209-357-6396.

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