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Man Arrested On Central Coast Following Attack on Hiker


New DNA test used to help identify suspect

Detectives arrested a Central Coast man on a sexual assault charge after a woman was dragged off a trail, and sexually assaulted.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's investigators say the attack happened June 27th in the Cambria area. They say a woman was walking on a trail when a man grabbed her, and dragged her off a trail. Detectives say the man then sexually assaulted her over a several hour period before fleeing.

Detectives used a new rapid DNA testing system to try to find the attacker. They say it led them to a 31-year-old Cambria man. Over the holiday weekend, they spotted and arrested Jesus Barajas Valdovinos.