Crime

Dad comes to the rescue when man assaults daughter in Modesto

Modesto police arrested a homeless man on Tuesday suspected of accosting a woman in her front yard and threatening to sexually assault her.
Modesto police arrested a homeless man on Tuesday suspected of accosting a woman in her front yard and threatening to sexually assault her. Modesto Police Department

Modesto police arrested a homeless man Tuesday suspected of accosting a woman in her front yard and threatening to sexually assault her.

The woman had just finished her day at work and arrived at her home in the 500 block of Bodem Street when she heard a knock at her door at about 1:50 p.m., said police spokeswoman Heather Graves.

The man she found on the other side of the door asked her if she had a lighter. She said she didn’t and closed her door, but then noticed through her window that the man had picked up her purse, which she’d accidentally left on her front porch.

When the woman went outside to confront the man, he responded with a barrage of graphic sexual threats of violence, Graves said.

At some point during the confrontation, Graves said, the victim was able to call her father, who lives down the street.

By the time her father arrived, the victim’s shirt had been torn by the suspect and he was chasing her with a 7-foot-long branch.

When the father went to his daughter’s aid, the suspect hit him in the face with the branch, Graves said.

But it was the only hit the suspect landed.

The father fought back and subdued the suspect until officers arrived. In his booking photo, the suspect, 48-year-old Rusty Weston, has a swollen left eye and cuts on his face.

Weston was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and grand theft.

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