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Video shows teen fighting off attacker inside San Jose home; suspect arrested

Police arrest man suspected of attacking a girl in her home and a woman in San Jose

The man who was sought in connection with following a girl into her San Jose home and assaulting her as she fought back has been arrested, police said.

Mohammad Khaliqi, 31, of San Jose was taken into custody about 10:25 a.m. Friday in the 1400 block of School Street in San Leandro on suspicion of assaulting the 13-year-old girl as well as another woman in a separate attack, according to the San Jose Police Department.

He was booked on multiple counts of burglary, attempted sexual assault and false imprisonment, police said.

Home surveillance video shows the suspect trailing the girl as she walks home from school at about 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 4000 block of Rio Vista Avenue in San Jose.

Moments later, the man approaches the girl outside her front door. The video then shows the young girl fighting off the man as he pins her to a wall inside her home.

The girl uses her legs to defend herself, then strikes the man in his face as he holds onto her head.

Eventually, he releases her and she falls to the ground.

The video shows a brief verbal confrontation. Moments later, the man flees the girl’s home before police arrived.

Police believe Khaliqi was responsible for accosting a 28-year-old woman at the Mitsuwa Market at Saratoga and Moorpark avenues in San Jose a month earlier. Police said he followed the woman into the restroom, where he tried to assault her. He escaped before police arrived.

Anyone with details about the attacks and the man are asked to call San Jose Det. Brandon Scholten at (408) 277-4102. To remain anonymous call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (408) 947-7867.

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UPDATE

2:38 p.m.: This story has been updated with the suspect's identity and charges he was booked on.

1:59 p.m.: This story has been updated with news that the suspect was arrested.

This story was originally published at 10:12 a.m.

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