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Authorities Make Arrest In Burglary, Sexual Assault Case On South Coast

Authorities have arrested a man for a crime that caused a scare for residents of a South Coast community.

Simi Valley Police say on Friday they arrested 23-year-old Darnell McDuffie, a transient from Oxnard, on burglary and assault charges. It stems from an incident that happened on July 22nd. Police say around 5:30 that morning, they received a call from a resident who interrupted a burglary in her condo on the 1700 block of Sinaloa Road. Detectives say the suspect battered the woman and tried to restrain her using duct tape.

At the time, investigators were unable to locate the suspect. The only description provided was that the man was slender and was wearing a dark hoodie.

Detectives followed up on leads and analyzed the physical evidence which led them to identify McDuffie as the suspect. He was charged with first degree burglary and assault with the intent to commit a sexual assault.