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Dec 4, 2009 11:52 AM by Courtney Meznarich

Attempted rape in Santa Maria early this morning

The victim of an attempted rape is safe Friday morning after she escapes her alleged attacker.

Santa Maria Police responded to a disturbance call near 1000 West Harding around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

There, they found the partially clothed victim, who said she had accepted a ride from a man and then passed out in his car from drinking.

According to the victim, she woke up to 25-year-old David Mansano Cervantez making unwelcome sexual advances.

When she tried to escape, she says the suspect ripped off some of her clothing.

With aid from a police dog, officers were able to find Cervantez and he was taken into custody.

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