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Watsonville Man Allegedly Attempts To Sexually Assault Ex-Neighbor in Santa Cruz

Eric Miller. Photo: SCCSO.
Eric Miller. Photo: SCCSO.
A 34-year-old Watsonville man was arrested after allegedly forcing his way into the house of a former neighbor Thursday in Santa Cruz and exposing himself and tackling her to the ground when she tried running away, according to the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office.

Eric Miller reportedly went into his ex-neighbor's house on the 2300 block of Byer Road at 12:45 p.m. -- against the female resident's will  -- and exposed himself, said Deputy Ryan Kennedy.

The victim yelled for help and ran out of the house, but Miller allegedly grabbed her and pinned her to the ground, Kennedy said.

The woman eventually broke free and fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911, the deputy said.

Kennedy said Miller was stopped shortly after that by the Santa Cruz Police Department on the 5200 block of Soquel Avenue  -- in an unrelated incident in which "Miller’s unusual behavior gained the attention of people in the area."

Kennedy did not elaborate.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested and booked Miller into the Santa Cruz County jail for suspicion of burglary with the intent to commit rape and false imprisonment, Kennedy said.
robert larsen June 18, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Thank you for the explanation. It seemed like a broad jump from an arrest to suddenly questioning his whether he is here legally or not. That is why I asked. But are you saying when immigration status is hidden, then "automatically" their criminal background is also hidden from law enforcement? I question this. Do you have any information?
Pat Kittle June 18, 2014 at 12:24 AM
And thank you for your honest question. You can find out far more than I could tell you here with Google: -- [ "sanctuary city" "illegal alien" crime law non-cooperation ]. We'll never know how much crime illegals get away with, thanks to this treachery. "Treason" is what many citizens consider it.
robert larsen June 18, 2014 at 12:37 AM
And that was an honest answer in return. Thank you. I will Google it and pass on the results. I'm just having a difficult time imagining the DOJ, FBI, local law enforcement, etc., being "banned" from criminal records for anyone inside the U.S., legal or illegal.
L.J. CoffeeHead June 22, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Lol. Pat Kittle, regardless of what is true, I get tired of watching you turn every article on The Patch into an 'immigration' conversation. Your axe is sharp enough - no need to grind it all the time. Seriously.
Pat Kittle June 30, 2014 at 07:12 PM
L.J. Coffeehead: You admit you can't handle the truth. I would like to help you find the courage to do that, but there's only so much I can do for you, and I'm already doing that.

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