Assault suspect nabbed

DULUTH - A Duluth man was arrested Monday on charges he attacked a woman in her home during the early morning hours of Oct. 21.

Police believe his intent was to rape the victim, who fought the suspect off before he had the chance.

Oscar Hernandez-Hernandez, 26, of 2715 Rhoanoke Drive, was accused of allegedly breaking into the 21-year-old victim's house about 3:40 a.m. and assaulting her in her bedroom.

He is charged with misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor stalking, felony burglary and felony criminal attempt to commit rape, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

"He committed an overt act to try and accomplish rape," Moloney said.

Hernandez and the victim live about a mile from each other, but they are not acquaintances, Moloney said.

"It seems to be a stranger-on-stranger crime, which is rare," Moloney said.

Hernandez is believed to have entered the house through an unlocked door while the victim was sleeping, Moloney said.

While fighting her attacker, the victim sustained some injuries but did not require emergency medical attention, Moloney said.

The suspect fled the residence, leaving his wallet behind. Investigators were able to trace the wallet to Hernandez's residence.

Investigators made contact with Hernandez at his home Monday, and after an interview, he was taken into custody and charged, Moloney said.

"During the course of the investigation, Hernandez made statements consistent with what the victim had reported," Moloney said. "Hernandez also displayed physical injuries consistent with an assault as described by the victim."

There is nothing to indicate that Hernandez has committed similar offenses in the past, Moloney said.

He is being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.