Thursday Aug 20 2009
Police arrest suspected ARD assaulter
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Antelope man in custody in Sacramento Jail
Authorities arrested the man they believe is responsible for assaulting a young girl at an Auburn public pool last month. Anthony Eugene Martin, 39, an Antelope area transient, was booked into Sacramento County Jail early Thursday on three outstanding warrants for Sacramento area crimes. He was also booked on a $1.1 million arrest warrant for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl while she was at the Auburn Recreation District public pool on 123 Recreation Drive with her family July 27, according to Auburn Police Detective Sgt. Victor Pecoraro. Pecoraro added that the charges include sexual acts with a child age 10 or younger and lewd acts on a child. Martin was arrested on Tuesday in Portland, Ore., for a non-related warrant, Pecoraro said Thursday. Martin hitchhiked his way north to that city where he apparently knew friends, Pecoraro said. During the course of investigations by the Auburn Police, Placer County Sheriff’s and Sacramento County Sheriff’s departments, detectives were led to believe that Martin was a suspect in the assault in Auburn and other crimes in the Sacramento area. Pecoraro said video footage of the suspect at an Antelope school where another alleged assault occurred, coupled with victim and witness statements, helped investigators narrow their search to Martin. According to Pecoraro, detectives had a warrant in hand when they flew to Portland Wednesday. Following further investigation, Martin was escorted to Sacramento and booked into the county jail, Pecoraro said. Martin was ineligible for bail Thursday, according to the Sacramento County Jail’s inmate information. He is schedule to appear in Sacramento court at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Pecoraro said Auburn Police notified the 10-year-old victim and her family after the arrest was made. “They were put at ease and happy to hear that the case is moving forward like it is and somebody is in custody,” Pecoraro said. Pecoraro added that numerous tips from the public and other law enforcement agencies helped greatly in finding Martin. “The community helped us,” Pecoraro said. “We wanted to let everybody know thank you and that there is somebody in custody.” The invesitigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call Auburn Police investigators at (530) 823-4237 ext. 207. Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.