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A male nurse is behind bars on suspicion of raping an 87-year-old woman with dementia at a senior living facility in Santa Ana, where he had worked for three years, police reported Friday.

Juan Sandoval, 33, of Orange, was booked on suspicion of rape, elder abuse and kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, with bail set at $1 million, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

Police were called to the Sunflower Gardens Senior Living Facility at 12:37 p.m. Thursday regarding an allegation that a caretaker at the nursing home sexually assaulted a resident earlier that day, Santa Ana police said.

Sandoval allegedly took the woman down a hallway into a bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her. A co-worker walking by the room saw the alleged attack through an open door and confronted Sandoval, who “got dressed” and left the room, investigators said.

The co-worker alerted a supervisor right away. When officers arrived, Sandoval was still on the job and he was arrested without incident, police said.

The facility cares for more than 40 clients who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and police said they are concerned there may be more victims.

Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call detectives at 714-345-8343, gcorona@santa-ana.org. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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