Simi Valley: Suspect arrested in Burglary and Sexual Assault

Simi Valley Police Department – Incident Press Release
On July 22, 2017 at about 0530 hrs. Simi Valley Police Department Communications Bureau received a call from a resident who interrupted a burglary in her home in the condominium complex in the 1700 Block of Sinaloa Road. When detected, the suspect fled from the location. Additional responding patrol personnel established a perimeter in the area and conducted a search utilizing members of the SVPD K-9 Unit. However, the suspect was not located. The only description provided was a slender subject wearing a dark hoodie who battered the victim and tried to restrain her via the use of duct tape. .

Since the reporting of this crime, the Simi Valley Police Department’s Detective Bureau has been actively following all leads and analyzing physical evidence obtained from the scene during the initial stages of the investigation. Selected items of evidence were submitted to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Crime Lab for forensic analysis. As a result of the analysis conducted by the Crime Lab, Detectives believe the suspect assaulted the victim during an attempted sexual assault. The analysis of the evidence also led to a suspect being identified. .

On Friday, August 11, Simi Valley Police Detectives arrested the suspect, Darnell McDuffie (a 23 year old transient from Oxnard, formerly of Simi Valley) at the Ventura County Jail where he was in custody on a Parole Violation. McDuffie was charged with: .

*459 P.C. – Burglary in the 1st degree (the entering of an occupied residence with the intent of committing another felony) 
*220(b) P.C. – Assault with the intent to commit a sexual assault (during the burglary of an occupied residence) .

The case will be referred to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office next week for review and filing consideration.

Darnell McDuffie

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