Shirt buttons & surveillance video connect man to Glendale sex assault

Posted at 1:16 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 16:16:03-04

Shirt buttons and surveillance video connect ex-convict to a violent sexual assault in Glendale

According to police, it was around 3 a.m. on March 11, when residents reported hearing female screams at their apartment complex, near 61st and Northern Avenues.

Glendale police found the victim in her apartment who said she awoke inside her home to find a man, later identified as 26-year-old Jorge Lopez Nunez, pulling her down her bed towards him. He reportedly kept her from seeing his face by forcing her to look away from him. In addition to sexually assaulting the victim, Nunez reportedly pulled her hair as she was trying to escape and later threw her into a wall. 

Police say the victim fought with Nunez scratching his arms and ripping his shirt. Several buttons from the shirt were found in the victim’s apartment.

Police say surveillance video showed Nunez entering the woman's apartment and 'hiding in the shadows’ after police arrived. The video also allegedly showed Nunez entering his apartment in the same complex.

Police report that they recovered biological evidence, as well as a shirt missing three buttons matching the buttons found in the victim’s apartment. They also say Nunez had scratch marks on his arms.

Department of Corrections documents shows that Nunez has served a total of six years in prison on two occasions and was currently on probation at the time of the attack, having been released in June 2016.

Nunez has been charged with sexual assault.