CUPERTINO -- A 25-year-old Cupertino man suspected of using a fake badge to present himself as a police officer to a woman and then sexually assault her was arrested Tuesday night by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, the sheriff's office released a sketch of a man suspected in the sexual assault. Tuesday morning investigators had received several tips that identified Hugo Cuseallpa, 25, as a suspect in the sexual assault, according to Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup.

Cuseallpa was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail on multiple sexual assault charges, Stenderup said.

The sexual assault happened around 2:30 a.m. Feb. 1 when the woman, who was walking alone on Monterey Road, accepted a ride from a man driving a white 1990s-model Dodge Durango, according to the sheriff's office.

The driver identified himself as a police officer and flashed a blue-and-gold "shield type badge," then threatened to arrest the woman if she did not obey him. He then drove her to an unspecified parking lot and sexually assaulted her.

After receiving multiple tips, sheriff's investigators put Cuseallpa under surveillance and eventually served search and arrest warrants simultaneously, Stenderup said. Deputies located a fake badge in Cuseallpa's vehicle.

The victim told investigators she saw a black jacket with the word "SECURITY" written on it in the back of the Durango. Stenderup said deputies found "security style" stuff in the vehicle.



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