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Good Samaritans help nab suspect in Calgary sex assault

Calgary police said the actions of Good Samaritans led to the capture of one person after an alleged sexual assault in the northwest.

Officers were called to the Louise Riley Library at 1904 – 14 Avenue NW just after noon on Aug. 7. Reports had come in that a woman was being sexually assaulted in nearby bushes.

According to police, they believe the woman was screaming for help when several Good Samaritans were walking by. They intervened to stop the assault, contained the suspect and immediately contacted police.

Because of the quick actions, police said, one person was taken into custody.

Rodrigo Ortiz, 39, of no fixed address was charged with one count of sexual assault.

“We are thankful to those who stepped in and helped the victim during this very traumatic incident,” said Acting Staff Sgt. Adam Williams of the Calgary Police Service Sexual Assault Investigative Unit.

“Those Good Samaritans were instrumental as they stopped the assault and held the suspect until police arrived, which resulted in a quick arrest by our officers.”

Anyone with further information regarding the incident is asked to call police at 403-266-1234.