Sentencing is scheduled Thursday for a 27-year-old transient who attempted to sexually assault a woman in a park bathroom stall in Palm Springs.

Jonathan Nava was originally accused of forcing his way into an office building and a park bathroom stall hours apart on Oct. 27, 2017, in an attempt to sexually assault two woman, but only admitted to the attempted bathroom assault as part of a plea deal, according to John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Nava also admitted one count of burglary stemming from an incident that occurred at an office building at 1140 N. Indian Canyon in Palm Springs.

A second count of assault with intent to commit rape tied to the same office building, as well as a felony false imprisonment charge, will be dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea deal, Hall said.

According to Palm Springs police, Nava forced his way into an office building at 1140 N. Indian Canyon in Palm Springs just before 10 a.m. on Oct. 27, 2017, where he allegedly chased after a woman who was able to flee and call police. Nava fled before officers arrived, but at that point, officers hadn’t concluded that the attack was sexual in nature, police said.

Just after noon that day, officers were called to Ruth Hardy Park on a report of a man trying to sexually assault a woman inside a bathroom stall.

The woman — who was in the stall to change clothes for work — was heard screaming by witnesses at the park. Nava forced his way into the stall, but fled after witnesses entered the bathroom, according to police.

A search of the area led to Nava’s arrest just after 1 p.m. at Via Chica and Via Altamira, just southwest of the park. Following his arrest, officers found that he matched the suspect description from the office building attack and believed he was trying to sexually assault that woman as well.

Nava remains jailed at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning without bail.

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