SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane police arrested a man who they believe assaulted a 71-year-old woman at the Spokane County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon.
Spokane police said two concerned citizens stepped in to help the victim after they heard her yelling “Take your hands off me. Leave me alone.”
According to officials, Jesus Fregoso, 30, asked the victim where she lived and if she would like to have sex.
Police said Fregoso had been kicked out of a courtroom prior to the assault because of his behavior.
Authorities said the two men had to pry Fregoso’s grasp from the victim’s arms while they told him to let go. The men were trying to keep Fregoso on the ground until officers arrived.
Officials said Fregoso physically resisted them and made comments saying they were going to have to kill him otherwise, if he was let up, he was going to rape the victim. Police said one of men helping the victim had to hit Fregoso in the face to gain control of him.
Fregoso’s sister told police, if he is released, he would most likely hurt or murder someone. She told them she felt her brother was extremely dangerous.
Fregoso was arrested on an outstanding fourth degree assault warrant and a new charge of fourth degree assault with sexual motivation. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail.
Documents from his first court appearance say he is expected to be released from jail on no bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 1 at 1:30 p.m.