DALLAS - Police have made an arrest in connection with a sexual assault in northwest Dallas, and they say the suspect has confessed to several attacks in the city.
He's been identified as 23-year-old Sean Padilla. So far he's charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault. According to Dallas police, he's confessed to five sexual assaults, and one of them happened in Garland. He will likely face additional charges.
One of the sexual assaults happened on April 4 in the 13700 block of Maham Road. Two more happened in May in the 7000 block of Holly Hill Drive and another on 100 S. Jupiter Road in Garland.
The sexual assaults allegedly continued, another one reported in the 8600 of Lazy Acres on June 26. Police confirmed finger printing tests connected him to the sexual assault in the 2900 block of Kendale Drive on July 18.
Police are testing DNA to see if he could possibly be connected to more sexual assaults in the area.
Neighbors in the 2900 block of Kendale Drive are on high alert right now. They say it is anything but business as usual in the community.
”It’s hard,” said neighbor Ana Camacho.
Some women in the area say they are afraid, after learning a mother was sexually assaulted by a strange man while entering her apartment at about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s really scary because, there’s a lot of females, a lot of kids,” said neighbor Jacqqy Martinez. “A lot of little girls out here playing, and for that to happen it’s really scary for us.”
Dallas police officers are patrolling the area. A couple of detectives could be seen canvassing an apartment complex on the street on Wednesday.
The crime is frightening to neighbors like Camacho. She says her 13-year-old hangs out in the area with friends.
Camacho explained, "It makes me uncomfortable. It’s just that I’m worried about my daughter, because she likes to be around this park a lot. It’s hard.”
That description, police say, is similar to another rape that happened about 14-miles away on the 8600 block of Lazy Acres three weeks ago. Investigators released a sketch of the suspect from that case, after a gunman entered a woman’s apartment and sexually assaulted the victim.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Camacho explained nervously.
Some women in the area say they will be focused on their surroundings and personal safety.
“I’m going to carry a pepper spray or something,” Martinez said. “Because that’s crazy. I don’t want that happening to me.”
An arrest warrant affidavit for the rape on Holly Hill Drive reveals that the suspect pushed open her apartment door and demanded money and gold. He then showed her a weapon and sexually assaulted her. He told the victim that if she "made too much noise," he would kill her, the affidavit states.
While being interviewed by police, Padilla confessed to the rape.
Padilla is currently in the Dallas County jail with a bond set at $100,000.
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