A 41-year-old man suspected of trying to rape a Corona girl on a street, then fleeing nude on his bicycle, was being held Thursday on $55,000 bail.

Carlos Martinez of Corona was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside Wednesday on suspicion of attempted rape of a minor and assault.

According to Corona police Detective Daniel Clary, about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Martinez was riding a bicycle on West Ontario Avenue when he confronted the 12-year-old girl walking to school.

“Martinez was wearing women’s clothing and approached the student,” Clary said. “Martinez shoved the student to the ground with his bicycle and removed his clothing, exposing his nude body while making sexual references. The girl acted quickly and was able to escape the assault by running to a nearby school bus.”

The suspect rode away, bare naked, and a witness driving through the area flagged down a Corona patrol unit moments later, reporting what he had seen, according to the detective.

The patrol officers quickly caught up with Martinez, taking him into custody without incident.

He is facing unrelated misdemeanor drunken driving charges in Riverside County Superior Court, according to jail records, but no other background information was available.

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