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88-year-old woman sexually assaulted at Hillcrest nursing home

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 02:29:01-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Police announced Tuesday the arrest of a man suspected of sexually assaulting an elderly woman in a nursing home in Hillcrest.

Detectives took Lusean Arline, 48, into custody Monday for the crime which occurred Oct. 27. Police did not release the name of the nursing home, but administrators with Balboa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center confirmed with 10News the attack happened in their facility.

Police said the 88-year-old victim was inside the nursing home when Arline illegally entered the facility. He sexually assaulted the woman, who was in her bed, officers said.

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The victim and other patients in the room began screaming.

“When staff members responded, Arline ran away,” police wrote in a news release.

San Diego Police Sex Crimes Unit investigators collected evidence at the scene, including male DNA which was processed by the Crime Lab and loaded into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

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Investigators identified Arline as the suspect and, with the help of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Arline was arrested.

Arline is currently being held on a parole violation. He will face multiple felony counts that include burglary, felony sexual assault, and elder abuse charges, according to police.

Administrators with the nursing home sent 10News the following statement

We are grateful authorities have apprehended a suspect who entered our community illegally and assaulted one of our residents. Our thoughts remain with the resident and the resident’s family, and we will continue to cooperate fully with officials as they investigate and seek justice for this individual. We will continue to stay in close contact with the resident and the resident’s family and provide support and help in any way. We are committed to doing whatever necessary to help ensure the safety of residents, families, staff and visitors to our community at all times. Out of respect for the resident and the resident’s family, as well as the authorities’ investigative process, additional comment at this time would be inappropriate.