Chico sexual assault suspect appears in court

Jul 8, 2014 7:07 PM by News Staff

The man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on the 1300 block of Laburnum Avenue in Chico Friday night appeared in a Butte County courtroom Tuesday, where a judge ordered he be held on $1 million bail.

30-year-old Claudio Sanches has been charged with assault with intent to rape and two counts of sexual battery, all felonies.

Sanches allegedly attacked a woman who was walking in an alleyway behind Laburnum Avenue just after 8:00 p.m. Friday.

Police say Sanches did not know the victim, and is not a transient.

Chico Police have also said they will use DNA evidence and photo identification to try and determine if Sanches is connected to other similar area cases.


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