California man in women's clothing tried to sexually assault girl, caught riding bike naked by school: police

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A California man wearing women’s clothing shoved a 12-year-old girl to the ground and tried to sexually assault her Wednesday before police found him riding a bicycle naked by a school, authorities said.

Carlos Martinez, 41, knocked the girl to the ground with his bicycle at around 7 a.m. as she was walking to school in Corona, the Corona Police Department said. 

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Martinez then removed his clothing and exposed himself to the girl while making sexual references, according to police.

The quick-thinking girl was able to escape the alleged assault by running to a nearby school bus.

Shortly after the incident, a concerned citizen flagged down a police officer and reported that a naked man was riding a bicycle in the area. Police said they found Martinez near a local school.

Martinez was arrested and charged with attempted rape of a minor and assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He was being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

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Police thanked the citizen for reporting the suspect, saying the incident shows the importance of the department’s “See something, Say something” campaign.

Authorities did not release a booking photo of the suspect.

Corona is a city located in Riverside County, about 47 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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