CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A man accused of molesting a teenage girl as they rode a bus through National City pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment and annoying or molesting a child.
Dajamah Adonay Blevins, 27, of San Diego was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Blevins was taken into custody at Fifth Avenue and C Street on Tuesday afternoon, after a Metropolitan Transit System security officer recognized him as matching the description of the perpetrator of the sexual assault, according to National City police.
The assault happened about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, NCPD Sgt. Alex Hernandez said. The 17-year-old victim told investigators the perpetrator boarded the MTS vehicle at bus stop on 24th Street, then sat next to her and groped her.
When the teen tried to move away, he blocked her way and continued assaulting her, asking her age while he did so and telling her he was 24 years old, Hernandez said.
When the bus stopped at 30th Street and Highland Avenue, the victim reported the crime to the driver, who chased the assailant off the bus.
A security camera captured images of the man, and police distributed them via San Diego County Crime Stoppers fliers.
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