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Man pleads not guilty to targeting, assaulting Iowa teen

According to Cedar Falls police, the 16-year-old girl was babysitting and sitting outside with the child Tuesday afternoon. That's when Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez, 43, grabbed her and forced her into his home at 708 West 18th Street. (KCRG)
According to Cedar Falls police, the 16-year-old girl was babysitting and sitting outside with the child Tuesday afternoon. That's when Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez, 43, grabbed her and forced her into his home at 708 West 18th Street. (KCRG)(KWQC)
Published: Jul. 24, 2019 at 11:30 AM CDT
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UPDATE 8/22:

An El Salvador national accused of dragging a teenage girl he didn't know into a house and sexually assaulting her has pleaded not guilty in the case.

The Courier reports that 43-year-old Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez entered the plea Thursday in Black Hawk County District court. He's charged with second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sex abuse.

Police say the girl was outside with a child she was babysitting, when Vasquez grabbed her and pulled her into a home. She told police that, once inside, he forced her against a wall and began to fondle her. She fought back, escaped and called police.

A trial date has not been set, and Vasquez remains in jail with bond set at $500,000

ORIGINAL: CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KCRG) -

A man is facing charges after he allegedly kidnapped a 16-year-old off a front porch and tried to sexually assault her.

According to Cedar Falls police, the 16-year-old girl was babysitting and sitting outside with the child Tuesday afternoon. That's when Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez, 43, grabbed her and forced her into his home at 708 West 18th Street.

Police said Vasquez-Martinez then forced her into a bedroom and tried to pull down her shirt and put his hands down her pants. She resisted and escaped, running back to the home where she was babysitting.

The teen locked the doors and called for help.

She had minor injuries, police said. The child who was being babysat was not hurt.

Vasquez-Martinez was booked on second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. His bond was set at $500,000.

According to police, Vasquez-Martinez told authorities he was in the country illegally.

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