Denton police arrest suspect in a sexual assault and a later burglary

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A 23-year-old Denton man was in custody on Monday, accused of sexually assaulting a woman near a bar early Friday and then hours later breaking into a house a few blocks away, police said.

The man, identified as Miles Wuellner, was arrested Friday morning shortly after a homeowner called 911 about a break-in.

While Wuellner was being questioned about the burglary, investigators realized that he matched the description of the suspect in a sexual assault, Officer Ryan Grelle, a Denton police spokesman, said Monday.

“The burglary was just a few blocks from where the attack occurred,” Grelle said Monday.

The sexual assault was reported about 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 1200 block of West Oak Street. A 24-year-old woman told police that she had left a bar and walked to her car parked a short distance away.

“He had been in the patio area of the bar,” Grelle said. “She stayed inside the bar and never talked to him.”

As the woman opened her car door, she was pushed inside, police said. The man assaulted her inside the car as the woman punched and kicked. When the assailant ran off, the woman honked the car horn to get help.

“She later made a report and taken to a Denton hospital for an examination,” Grelle said. “She had suffered injuries.”

About 7 a.m., a resident of the 400 block of Fry Street called 911 to report a break-in. Nothing was taken, but police tracked a man to the 300 block of Fry Street where they arrested Wuellner.

At first, detectives working the burglary case were not aware of the sexual assault investigation. But later in the day, investigators determined that the burglary suspect could be the sexual assault suspect, police said Monday.

Police also found marijuana in Wuellner’s possession, Grelle said.

Wuellner was in the Denton Jail Monday with bail set at $41,000. He faces charges of sexual assault, burglary of habitation and possession of a marijuana.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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