CARLSBAD, Calif. — A man suspected of sexually assaulting a 70-year-old woman at an assisted living center in Carlsbad has been arrested, according to Carlsbad police.
Authorities identified the suspect as 25-year-old Austin Miller.
Miller was arrested for elder abuse, burglary, attempted rape, sexual battery and false imprisonment.
On Tuesday, staff at the facility reported that a white male had entered the building and entered the room of the 70-year-old victim.
According to Carlsbad police, once inside the room, Miller allegedly sexually assaulted the victim. A staff member confronted him before he fled the building.
Officers searched the area with a service dog and assistance from a sheriff's helicopter crew but were unable to immediately locate the suspect.
On Wednesday morning, officers located Miller at a Carlsbad Village Drive location. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
Las Villas de Carlsbad released this statement to News 8:
At Las Villas de Carlsbad, the health and safety of our residents and associates is our top priority. While the community has security measures in place, we have increased the security presence at the community. We take this incident very seriously and will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement in their investigation.