Officers on Thursday afternoon arrested a man suspected of brutally attacking an employee at a central Modesto motel on McHenry Avenue as she was cleaning one of the rooms, a police spokesman said.
The 43-year-old woman suffered several facial cuts and bruises, but her injuries were not life-threatening, said Mo- desto police Sgt. Brian Findlen.
The woman was being treated at an area hospital Thursday night. Police did not release her name or the name of the hospital to ensure her safety.
Keith Lamont Tribble, 45, of Modesto, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery, assault causing serious bodily injury, attempted rape and burglary, Findlen said. The burglary charge was for breaking into the room to commit a felony.
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Tribble was on parole and had been released from prison three days before the attack. Findlen said Tribble has been convicted of rape before and is considered a "serious sexual offender" by law enforcement.
The attack occurred about 2:50 p.m. at the Vagabond Inn at 1525 McHenry Ave., just south of Granger Avenue. Tribble was not staying at the motel.
Findlen said the woman had just walked into the room when a man followed her inside and attacked.
"This appears to be a brutal and vicious sexual assault," Findlen said. "She tried numerous times to get out of the room but wasn't able to escape."
The attacker then left the room, possibly because the woman fought back and injured him. Findlen said she grabbed one of his fingers and bent it during the attack.
Motel employees reported the attack to police. As officers responded to the motel, an area resident reported seeing a man running near Ardmore and Granger avenues, several blocks west of the motel.
Findlen said the resident flagged down a police community service officer who directed other officers toward the suspect. He was taken into custody a short time later without incident.
Findlen said the victim later identified Tribble as her attacker.
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