STOCKTON — The family of an 11-year-old girl aided police in arresting a man suspected of sexually assaulting the child Saturday in the Civic District of Stockton.
Stockton Police Department reports that David Barrales, a 39-year-old transient, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting the 11-year-old in a public restroom.
The girl and her 15-year-old sister were on an outing with their family on West Weber Street. According to the Stockton Police Department, Barrales followed the sisters as they walked into the restroom and began trying to remove the 11-year-old’s pants.
As the girl yelled out to her older sister, the suspect tried to silence her. He was then able to flee the location before the sisters notified their family.
Stockton Police Department officers arrived at the scene and were told by a waitress that she had seen which way Barrales had gone. However, police were unable to find him upon a search of the area.
At around 3:19 p.m. the same day, while getting gas at the 76 on 322 South Center St., the family spotted Barrales and, with the help of security personnel, detained him. Officers arrived on scene after being called by the family and arrested Barrales.