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HPD Charges Suspect in Galleria Sexual Assaults

October 21, 2005 -- Investigators from the Houston Police Homicide Division Sex Crimes Unit have identified and charged a 23-year-old in the 2003 aggravated sexual assault of a woman that happened in the Galleria area. The suspect, Juan Reyes Solis, (Hm/ DOB 10-6-82) was identified through DNA evidence gathered from a August 30, 2003 sexual assault that occurred in a southwest Houston parking garage. Solis is believed to also be responsible for several burglaries of residences.

Officer Keith McMultry reported that in the August 2003 incident, a 19-year-old female was getting into her parked vehicle when Solis approached, struck her, knocked her to the ground and forced her into her own vehicle. Solis then drove her to an unknown location and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to break-free and contact police. Her vehicle, which was a rental, was later located in the area where she was first attacked.

On October 1, 2003 an alert Houston police officer on patrol spotted Solis attempting to break in to an ATM located on Richmond Ave. near the Galleria. After a short pursuit Solis was arrested, charged and later convicted for criminal mischief. While in the Texas Department of Correction facilities, Solis provided DNA, which later linked him to several burglaries and eventually connected him to the sexual assault of the 19-year-old female. Solis will be brought back to Houston from TDC to answer to the sexual assault charges.

AW/ RMM/ 10-21-05
Inc # 122526703

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