Suspect arrested in Lakewood sexual assaults

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Lakewood police say they have made an arrest in the investigation of two sexual assaults on Dec. 18.

According to police, a man attacked a woman as she was walking to her vehicle in the 7600 block of W. Colfax Avenue.  The man sexually assaulted the woman however she was ultimately able to fight the man  off and he fled in a blue minivan. 

Twenty minutes later a man in a similar vehicle followed another female in the 1900 block of S. Kipling Parkway.  The male attacked the second victim who was able to spray him with pepper spray and also escape the attack.

Police said information and forensics led them to 36-year-old Eric Jay Garcia.  Garcia was arrested Friday for investigation of two counts of criminal attempt sex assault, unlawful sexual contact, and two counts of third-degree assault. 

If anyone else has any additional information about this case or Eric Garcia,  please contact the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111