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Sandy police identify suspect in alleged sexual assault at pool

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Posted at 7:59 PM, Oct 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-22 21:59:24-04

The video above ran with FOX 13 News' original coverage of the incident and includes surveillance footage and interviews with police and the victim. See the story below for the updated information on the suspect's identity.

SANDY, Utah -- Police have identified a man suspected of trying to gag and sexually assault a woman at a community pool in Sandy last month.

Police officials said the suspect who appears in the surveillance footage is 41-year old Alex Ernesto Bustamante.

The man is accused of approaching a woman who was sunbathing and attempting to gag and then sexually assault her. The alleged incident occurred on September 25, and the victim spoke to FOX 13 News about the incident earlier this month.

“I suddenly felt pressure on the back of my body,” she said October 9. “He was holding my head down, and then with the other hand, he was trying to remove my swimsuit bottoms.”

The woman fought back, and Bustamante ran off.

“There was a short little scuffle,” she said. “And luckily he did step off and leave the clubhouse.”

Officials said Bustamente was living at the complex, the East Town Village Apartments, at the time of the attack. Police said he was identified with the help of the public, and the day after the story aired on local television stations the man quit his job and left his apartment.

The man's whereabouts are unknown, but officials said he made statements suggesting he planned to leave the country.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office has filed one charge of forcible sexual abuse as a second-degree felony against Bustamante.

Anyone who sees the man or who has knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call police at 801-799-300.