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Crime Trackers: Man accused of assaulting women near U of A is arrested

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Police said Henry Yanez assaulted two women earlier this month. Police said Henry Yanez assaulted two women earlier this month.
TUCSON - News 4 Tucson has uncovered details in a search warrant amid the arrest of a suspected attacker on the University of Arizona campus.

Police said Henry Yanez assaulted two women earlier this month.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of assault, however police are looking for more possible victims.

The search warrant was served on Yanez's apartment on June 17. It details what he did, and what Tucson police officers found in his apartment.

The court document said they "found a handwritten journal inside the apartment." The document continued by saying it, " described sexual act with little boys and sexual explicit behavior."

 “It's fairly obvious we are dealing with someone who has some issues,” Sgt. Filbert Barrera, spokesman for the University of Arizona police department said.

UA police has been working with Tucson police regarding assaults around campus.

The case began to unfold on June 5 in the area near University Boulevard and Tyndall Avenue. A female told TPD a vehicle approached her, a man got out of the car placed his hand on her back and began stroking her.

The woman kept walking and he followed her, ignoring repeated requests to stop following her and to not to touch her.

She got away by going inside a building.

UA police sent out an alert to students. Taite Lavelle and many other students took notice.

“It's really scary especially if I finish up at work late, and I have to walk back to my car it's definitely worrisome,” said Lavelle.

Graduate student Sarah Seavey added, “I've never had an issue, so it was a little unnerving that it happened. But I took in context that its one guy and I'm glad he's caught now and I feel really bad for the girls it happened too.”

That's why Sgt. Barrera stressed the importance of being aware of your surroundings. 

“We just want to continually tell people to be careful out there to pay attention and if they see something suspicious to tell us,” said Sgt. Barrera.

That's how 32-year-old Yanez was eventually identified. One the victims saw his car days after he approached her, took a picture of the car and shared it with the police.

According to other court documents, Yanez has been charged with a prostitution-related crime and a previous assault. Detectives are also downloading contents of a cell phone they found in his car. Jail personnel said Yanez posted bond and was released.

If you have information or may have been a victim, call 911 or 88-Crime.

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