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Man Catches Stranger Sexually Assaulting His Girlfriend In Her Bed

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

In the early hours of Saturday, June 6, after socializing with friends on a neighbor’s patio, a woman identified as Andrea excused herself and returned to her Salt Lake City, Utah, home.

"I said, 'Okay, guys, I'm going in,' and my boyfriend said, 'Okay, I'll be a few minutes,'” Andrea, who did not want to use her last name, told KUTV.

"I got undressed, laid on my bed, put on my TV and started falling asleep,” Andrea, 24, said. She woke up and felt someone touching her, but she initially believed it was her boyfriend. 

She didn’t think anything of it until her boyfriend walked in the door.

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Carlos Lopez-Arguetta, 49, was reportedly found lying next to Andrea. The victim said her boyfriend and his friend held Lopez-Arguetta down while she ran out to call the police. 

Lopez-Arguetta was booked for burglary and sexual assault, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Andrea said she believed the man had been following her for some time and that she wasn’t a random target. In April 2014, she caught him looking through her windows. Though she didn’t call the police, she let others know about the incident.

"I told all the neighbors the next day that I saw someone looking through our windows," she said.

Sgt. Robin Heiden with Salt Lake City Police recommends locking your doors at all times. "Always report everything you think is suspicious, [regardless of] how little you think it is,” she said. "It might be someone that may come back."

Sources: Salt Lake City Police Department, KUTV / Image via Devensters/Flickr