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BRIEF: Teen arrested in sexual battery that occurred in Thousand Oaks movie theater

June 11, 2014

Ventura County Star, Calif.



June 11--Authorities Tuesday arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a sexual battery at a Thousand Oaks theater that occurred last month.

The incident occurred on May 23 about 11:40 p.m. at the Muvico Theater, 166 West Hillcrest Dr.

The victim reported that an unidentified man slid underneath the partition of her bathroom stall and sexually battered her, officials said. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to get out of the stall and the suspect ran away from the theater.

Officials later released a surveillance photo of the suspect and Hector Garcia, of Moorpark, was identified as the potential culprit. Investigators found evidence implicating Garcia in the crime and he was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery by restraint and false imprisonment by violence, both felonies.

He was booked at the Sheriff's Office East County jail and his bail was set at $250,000.

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