FBI nabs sexual-assault suspect

FBI agents arrested a 25-year-old man in Southern California on Tuesday, more than 300 miles from where they say he allegedly attemped to sexually assault a San Mateo resident three months ago in front of a number of witnesses.

Cesar Bandala was first identified as a suspect on Sept. 19, San Mateo Lt. Mike Brunicardi said, but because the case is still awaiting trial, he would not give any details on the investigation that led to the identification.

On Aug. 23, a woman was walking in the 3200 block of La Selva Street at 8:45 p.m. when she was grabbed by a man who had been standing nearby. The assailant forced her into some bushes and attempted to sexually assault her.

A witness saw the attack and called police. The suspect fled the scene when he saw the witness and ran through a nearby carport.

Brunicardi said San Mateo detectives interviewed Bandala after he was taken into custody and he “made several admissions regarding his involvement in the San Mateo incident.”

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