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A 30-year-old man suspected of kidnapping and raping a woman in Santa Ana was behind bars Wednesday.

Juan Aguilargarcia is accused of assaulting the 40-year-old woman Saturday. Police were called about 10:30 p.m. to the 16000 block of North Ross Street, between Flower Street and Broadway.

The victim told police she was standing in front of her apartment building when Aguilargarcia approached her and asked for directions for a nearby gas station, police said. As she was giving him directions, he covered her mouth, picked her up and took her to a nearby vacant house, police said.

The woman attempted to shout for help and fought back, but was unable to get free initially, police said. She eventually managed to get away, ran home and called police and directed officers to the house where she was assaulted, police said.

Police found Aguilargarcia in the vacant house and arrested him, police said.

Aguilargarcia was charged Tuesday with rape, sodomy by force, forcible oral copulation, kidnapping to commit rape, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Aguilargarcia is scheduled to be arraigned May 19 in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana.

Aguilargarcia was being held on $1 million bail.

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