Sexual assault suspect arrested
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe Police Department detectives Thursday night arrested a man suspected of perpetrating a sexual assault earlier that day.
Detectives arrested Manuel Ramos Muñoz, 30, at the police department after he allegedly confessed to kidnapping and sexually assaulting the victim, according to a SLTPD press release.
Detectives investigated the case throughout the day on Thursday, and by the afternoon had identified Muñoz as a potential suspect.
Muñoz is a maintenance worker and resident at the Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe, the motel from which the victim had been abducted at knifepoint while socializing with friends, the press release stated. As investigative leads developed, investigators’ suspicion of Muñoz increased.
Detectives personally contacted Munoz, who agreed to come voluntarily to the police department for questioning, the press release read.
Muñoz reportedly confessed to forcing the victim away from the motel to a secluded area where he cut her clothes off with his knife, to sexually assaulting her, and to several other relevant details about which only the perpetrator would be aware, according to the press release. After his confession, Muñoz was arrested.
Detectives secured search warrants to cause a forensic medical examination of Muñoz, and to search Muñoz’ motel room. The searches occurred late Thursday night and have revealed further evidence supporting the information reported by the victim in case.
Muñoz has been a resident and employee of the Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe for four years, the press release detailed. The SLTPD has had no criminal contacts with Muñoz beyond his occasional reporting of disturbances at the hotel. Because the investigation into the case remains active, some information must still necessarily be withheld from public release, the statement detailed.
“Nevertheless, we want our community to be aware that the public safety threat which existed while the suspect was at large has been removed with the arrest of Manuel Ramos Muñoz,” Lt. Brian Williams stated in the press release.
Muñoz was charged with a list of felony crimes including kidnapping for the purpose of committing a sexual assault, assault with the intent to commit rape, forcible oral copulation, penetration by foreign object, assault with a deadly weapon, uttering terrorist threats and battery causing great bodily injury. He was booked into the El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe.