National City police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl on her way to school. As NBC 7’s Vanessa Herrera explains, the girl told police that the man boarded the MTS bus, sat down next to her and started touching her.
National City Police have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted a teenager riding a public bus, authorities confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Suspect Dajamah Adonay Blevins was arrested around 3 p.m. near the trolley stop at 5th Avenue and C Street in downtown San Diego after a transportation officer spotted him from a Crime Stoppers bulletin released earlier in the day.
According to police, a 17-year-old girl was riding on the Metropolitan Transit System bus at 7:45 a.m. on May 28 when the suspect blocked her seat and assaulted her.
Investigators say the man got on the bus at the 24th Street trolley stop along National City Boulevard.
He then assaulted the teenaged passenger, even though she told him to stop, police said. He asked the girl how old she was and told her he was 24 years old, according to police.
Even as the teen tried to get away from the man, he continued to assault her and block her in the bus seat, police said.
Sgt. Alex Hernandez of the National City Police Department explained before Blevin's arrest that the suspect had only stopped after the teen reported the assault to the bus driver.
"She reported it to the bus driver, the bus driver stopped the bus, had him exit the bus and right now we're trying to locate him,” Hernandez explained at the time. “Right when she got to the school, she reported it to us and we started this investigation."
The man got off of the bus at 30th Street and Highland Avenue.
On Tuesday morning, officials released photos of the suspect captured on security cameras. San Diego Crime Stoppers also offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
The suspect was described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10 and 160 to 200 pounds, with black hair braided in rows. He was captured on camera wearing a gray hoodie that says “San Diego,” black shoes and dark baggy jeans ripped on the left leg.
The victim told police he had dirty nails and spoke slowly.
The case remains under investigation, and further details were not released Tuesday evening.