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Suspect accused of raping woman on boat in San Diego Bay

The boat was anchored near the Coronado Bridge
Posted at 4:33 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 12:23:47-04

CORONADO (KGTV) -- A man was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman on a boat anchored in San Diego Bay, Harbor Police announced.

Pablo Alvarez, 38, was booked on five felony counts related to sexual assault by force, according to jail records.

The alleged assault happened in the waters off Coronado's Tidelands Park in what's known as the A-4 anchorage, a place where several dozen boats are anchored just north of the Coronado Bridge.

There is no dock, so boaters must use a dinghy or a kayak to access the larger vessels in the anchorage.

Early Wednesday morning, the victim fled a sailboat in the anchorage using a kayak, but the kayak capsized in the darkness, forcing the woman to swim the rest of the way to shore, said Harbor Police Lt. Victor Banuelos.

The woman managed to call the police just before 4:45 a.m.

Alvarez and the woman were the only people on board the sailboat at the time, according to Banuelos. The nature of their relationship is under investigation.

Alvarez is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Harbor Police asked anyone with information to call detectives at 619-686-8132.