Police arrested a suspect they believe brandished a gun and attempted to sexually assault a worker at a local health spa just hours after detectives released the suspect’s photo to the media and to employees of the police department.
The suspect was spotted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday by officers driving in the area of Walnut Street and Hill Avenue in Pasadena. The officers tried to make contact with the suspect but he fled.
Following a short foot pursuit, the suspect was arrested, police said.
Detectives from the Pasadena Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit interviewed the man following his arrest and obtained a confession, police said.
Detectives also located the weapon they believed was used during the assault. Upon inspection, the weapon was identified as a BB gun and not a real firearm.
The suspect was identified as 45-year-old Victor Hugo Vega, a Pasadena transient.
According to police, on September 4, Vega reportedly entered a local health spa in the 2000 block of East Colorado Blvd. and requested a massage from an employee.
Just prior to receiving his massage, Vega allegedly brandished a firearm at the female employee.
During the lengthy assault, Vega attempted to sexually assault the employee. He eventually fled the location on a bicycle, authorities said in a statement.
Police said the criminal case will be presented to the Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Office within the next several days.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)- 744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.