Teenage hitchhiker raped along road, police say they have caught the suspect months later

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Source: Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Aug. 23 2021, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage hitchhiker in California is now behind bars, police said.

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On Aug. 23, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Edisson Garcia-Guzman, 44 in connection to the May rape of a 16-year-old.

Deputies found the teenage victim along the side of the road, according to KRON4. She said she was hitchhiking and picked up by a man she did not know.

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She said he gave a fake name and provided alcohol before he physically and sexually assaulted the victim, according to the report. He then left her along the road as he fled the area.

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Deputies say Garcia-Guzman admitted to the assault during questioning, according to KRON4.

Guzman was charged with sexual assault and rape of a minor. He is being held in jail on $500,000 bond.

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