Police make arrest in Midway hotel worker assault

SDPD: Christopher Stevens ID'd as suspect

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Police Department said it is has made an arrest in the sexual assault of a hotel worker in the Midway area last week.

SDPD Sex Crimes detectives said they arrested 44-year-old Christopher Stevens in connection with the Dec. 21 attack of a 54 year-old maid at the Wyndham Garden Hotel located at 3737 Sports Arena Blvd.

According to a police report, the victim was cleaning a vacant hotel room at the hotel when the suspect confronted her just as she was exiting the room and forced her back inside. The victim fought with her attacker who brutally beat and sexually assaulted her. After the attack, the suspect fled the scene on foot. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

On Monday, officers said SDPD Crime Laboratory personnel made a positive identification of Stevens as the suspect from evidence collected at the crime scene. The DNA evidence was linked to evidence collected from a reported sexual assault case that occurred at Hourglass Park on Oct. 9.

Stevens was arrested without incident within hours of his identification at his hotel room at the Vagabond Inn in Mission Valley, polcie said.

He was booked into San Diego Central Jail on charges including forcible sexual assault, attempt murder and false imprisonment.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the San Diego Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210, or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. 

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