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Woman suffers seizure, wakes up to stranger sexually assaulting her at Ride On bus stop

Francisco Roberto Sanchez (Montgomery County Police Department)

GERMANTOWN, Md. (ABC7) — A disabled woman's trip to her local 7-Eleven morphed into a terrifying experience when a stranger sexually assaulted her during an unforeseen medical emergency.

The victim, whom ABC7 News is not identifying, told police she had just purchased a pack of cigarettes at the 7-Eleven along the 12800 block of Clopper Road in Germantown. It was around 11:30 p.m. While walking home, the woman suffered a seizure, causing her to collapse onto a bench at a Ride On bus stop. It's unclear how long the woman was unconscious, but when she came to, she realized an unknown man had one of his hands down her pants.

That man, who police have since identified as Francisco Roberto Sanchez, 41, of Germantown, allegedly ripped his hand away and fled on foot once the victim awoke.

The woman told police her attacker was a Hispanic man with short dark hair, dark mustache, wearing a white tank top and dark-colored basketball shorts.

Two days later, the victim called 911 to report she had spotted the suspect while she was riding the bus. A patrol officer arrested Sanchez in a wooded area adjacent to the scene of his alleged sexual assault.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Sanchez is "unlawfully present" in the United States. ICE has since lodged an immigration detainer against the Mexican national.

In 1999, U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered Sanchez in Lukeville, Arizona — a small border town roughly 150 miles southwest of Phoenix. Sanchez, who also uses an alias of Javier Torres-Pantoja, was sent back to Mexico at the time. ICE says it's unaware of when the 41-year-old returned to the U.S.

Court records indicate Sanchez is married with one child. However, he lives with relatives in a townhome along Curry Powder Lane in Germantown. Court records further state Sanchez works for JW Construction in Kensington. However, the owner of that company tells ABC7 News he has never employed the defendant in any capacity. Upon further reporting — to include speaking directly with Sanchez's own family — ABC7 believes the court documents are inaccurate in this regard. It is unclear if Sanchez lied to court staff about his employment history or if this was a clerical error.

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is representing Sanchez. The agency has had a longstanding policy of not commenting to members of the media.

Sanchez is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court on December 15 at 10 a.m. for a preliminary hearing. He faces up to 21 years in prison on charges of third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

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