April 24, 2015

Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

On Thursday April 23, 2015 the above shown suspect, Lee Cast sexually assaulted a female jogger in the area of Bay St and Lighthouse Ave. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Cast jumped out of some bushes and slapped the female jogger in the buttocks. The victim was able to run away and safely return to her home. Cast was able to avoid apprehension just for a short time.
On the same day at approximately 10:00 a.m. a similar incident occurred in the County of Santa Cruz in the area of Portola Ave and Corcoran. A different female was jogging in the area, when Cast jumped out of some bushes and also sexually assaulted her by slapping her in the buttocks. The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office was able to find Cast in the area but could not find the victim. A witness had witnessed the incident, took a photo of Cast, and called 911.
The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office contacted the Santa Cruz Police Department regarding Cast and the similarities in both cases. The victim in the SCPD case was able to identify Cast as the suspect. Cast was taken into custody for the sexual battery and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office was able to follow up with the victim in their case the following day and Cast was identified once again as the suspect in their case. Since Cast had already been released from jail, they are seeking an arrest warrant for Cast in their case.
This is another great example of collaboration between two law enforcement agencies, as well as great assistance from the community.