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Tempe police arrest suspect in alleged assault on light rail

September 5, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Tempe say a suspect has been arrested in the alleged assault of a sleeping woman on a light rail train last month.

They say 33-year-old Alfonso Stanley was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of one count of sexual abuse and two counts of assault.

The unidentified woman told police she was asleep while riding the light rail Aug. 19 and a man put his hand down the front of her pants without her consent.

The woman woke up and took a photo of the suspect with her cellphone before he deboarded and fled the scene.

Police put out a flyer about the incident with a photo of the suspect. That led to Stanley being identified and arrested.

It was unclear Thursday if Stanley has a lawyer yet.

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