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Arrest made in connection with rape of 14-year-old girl

Police arrested Alexander Quihuis on Friday and booked him into jail on one count of sexual conduct with a minor. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Police arrested Alexander Quihuis on Friday and booked him into jail on one count of sexual conduct with a minor. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in December.

Alexander Quihuis was arrested about 5 p.m. Friday and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of sexual conduct with a minor, Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said.

The police department released several surveillance photos and a video of a possible suspect on Jan. 3.

"With community assistance, detectives were able to identify and locate the ... suspect," Martos said.

Police said the suspect approached the victim in a green, newer-model four-door car in the area of 16th Street and Union Hills Drive so that he could ask the victim for directions but, through a trick, he was actually able to get her inside of his car.

"It's scary because there's so many kids (in the area)," said Gwen Aliotta, a parent who frequents the northwest Phoenix area where the victim was picked up.

Investigators said he drove her to a location near 19th and Grovers avenues and sexually assaulted her. Parents CBS 5 News talked with had the same reaction to the horrifying details of this case.

"I don't even know about this. It wasn't on the news or anything," Ailotta said.

"Never heard about it," added James Weglarz, another parent in the area.

CBS 5 News hoped to ask Phoenix police why an alert wasn't sent out shortly after the assault, but officials declined a request for an interview.

In an email the morning of Jan. 4, department spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos said:

"In general terms there are times we may not release information as the investigation progresses, witnesses are interviewed, suspects are identified and attempts are made to locate the suspect. Releasing information prematurely can actually hinder rather than help an investigation. It's all about timing."

After the assault, investigators said the suspect drove the victim to the area of Ninth Street and Union Hills Drive and then let her go, only seven blocks from where he first picked her up, which is a stone's throw away from North Canyon High School, a residential neighborhood and plenty of parks.

"It did happen close. One thing I would say about this particular area is there are other people on the lookout so I feel somewhat safe," Weglarz added.

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