FAIRFIELD — Police caught a 23-year-old Fairfield man Wednesday night on suspicion of attempted robbery and felony sexual battery after two incidents that involved female joggers.
Andrew Gates was arrested at the Alamo Plaza In-Shape in Vacaville after the Fairfield Police Department General Investigations Unit identified him as the suspect in a June 27 incident in a Rolling Hills neighborhood and a July 19 attack in the area of Paradise Valley Road and Couples Circle.
A 45-year-old woman was jogging the morning of June 27 in the Rolling Hills neighborhood when she noticed a vehicle following her. A short time later, a suspect came out of some bushes and tried to block the victim’s path, police said. The victim fled from the suspect and the suspect drove away from the area, police said.
A 36-year-old woman jogging July 19 around Paradise Valley Road was approached by a suspect who attacked her, forced her to the ground, punched her and attempted to rob her of an iPod, police said. The suspect committed a sexual battery on the victim and then fled the area.
The Fairfield Police Department General Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at Gates’ residence, located on the 2900 block of Sage Court in Fairfield.
Gates was booked into Solano County jail.
Anyone with information concerning the incidents is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.
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