Boy, 15, accused of sexually assaulting 85-year-old woman in San Jose

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into an 85-year-old San Jose woman's home and sexually assaulting her, authorities said Wednesday.

A second suspect, described by investigators as dangerous, was still being sought, said San Jose police Officer Albert Morales. It was unclear what his role was in the alleged assault.


The woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

"It's an unfortunate set of circumstances," Morales said. "It's one of those cases you don't wish upon anybody."

The woman and her husband were home when the two suspects broke into their residence in the 1500 block of Sunshadow Lane just after 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to the San Jose Police Department.

At some point during the break-in, police said, the woman was sexually assaulted. Her husband was not injured.

The suspects then took several valuables and left in the couple's car, police said.

As they fled the scene, California Highway Patrol officers gave chase. After a 10-minute pursuit, the stolen vehicle apparently crashed into a home near Singleton Lane and Senter Road.

The teen was immediately arrested, but the second suspect ran away, police said. He was described as 17 to 25 years old with possibly a severe cut on his body.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call me Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

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