PASADENA — Supermarket employees came to the aid of a woman who was being attacked in a restroom Wednesday and held the culprit until officers arrived, police said.
The woman was using a restroom at the Food 4 Less in the 1300 block of North Lake Avenue just after 8 a.m. when a man entered.
Pasadena Police Lt. Pete Hettema said the man knocked the woman to the ground and tried to assault her. She fought him off.
The store employees heard the woman’s screams and held the man for police, according to Hettema.
He said Villaporo Cruz-Molina, 20, was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape. The suspect’s city of residence wasn’t known.
The victim, a 24-year-old woman from Walnut Park, complained of neck pain and was taken to a hospital to be checked out, Hettema said.
– Ruby Gonzales