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Merced rape suspect arrested

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a kidnapping and rape reported Monday by a 22-year-old Merced woman, Merced police reported this morning.

The woman told police she was raped by a man who kidnapped her in the area of 12th Street and Martin Luther King Way and took her to a residence about a block away where she was attacked.

The woman reported she got away several hours later after her assailant fell asleep.

Lt. Matt Williams said the woman contacted officers and led them to a residence at 153 West 12th Street .

Officers obtained a search warrant and later arrested Mario Jimenez, 35, who reportedly was identified by the woman as her assailant.

Jimenez was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and forcible rape.

The investigation is continuing.