A Desert Hot Springs man accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl and threatening a woman with a sledgehammer in May was due in court Thursday on multiple felony charges.

Dion Peralta Duran, 37, had posted bail following his initial arrest in May, and charges of lewd acts with a child under 14 and assault with a deadly weapon were separately filed against him in June and July, respectively. Authorities caught up with him on Tuesday, and he was booked into the Murrieta jail.

According to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant, Duran allegedly molested the girl multiple times at a Desert Hot Springs home, with the latest incident occurring May 29. The girl told a family friend, and the allegations were backed up by a forensic medical examination, according to the declaration.

The following day, a sheriff’s deputy allegedly saw Duran threatening a woman with a sledgehammer.

In a separate declaration, the deputy states that he was investigating a shooting at a home in the area and that Duran was a victim in that incident. However, during his investigation, the deputy alleges he saw Duran near a woman’s home and then observed him approach her with a “40 oz. Snap On brand sledgehammer.”

The deputy took Duran into custody at gunpoint after seeing him approach the woman.

–City News Service

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