Lufkin apartment worker arrested for sexual assault of tenant

Jose Diaz mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Jose Diaz mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Editor's note: The following story contains graphic language.

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a maintenance worker at a Lufkin apartment complex for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a sleeping woman living in an apartment in which he was working.

Jose Otilio Diaz, 34, of Lufkin, is charged with attempted sexual assault, a third-degree felony.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the victim was sleeping in her bedroom at Acadia Arms Apartments, located at 1806 E. Denman on Jan. 6 while her roommate was in the living room. The roommate answered the door and Diaz was there and asked to come in the apartment to fix the dishwasher and check on the heater and thermostat. The roommate let him in and told him the victim was asleep in another room, so that he would not wake her.

The roommate went to the master bedroom and heard screams a few minutes later. The roommate grabbed a pistol and ran to the bedroom and saw Diaz standing over the victim's bed, according to the affidavit.

The victim was crying and telling Diaz to stop, according to the affidavit. The roommate told Diaz to get out of the apartment and she followed him out.

The victim told the roommate she woke up to Diaz pulling off her shorts and felt that he would have continued the assault if she had not helped her.

Det. David Cross met with the manager of the complex, who said Diaz had been working for them for several weeks and had received several complaints since the victim's report.

Four residents had come forward and said Diaz had come to their apartment making rude and sexual comments to them. One resident said she found him in her apartment when she came home from lunch and noticed he had masturbated in her bathroom and left evidence behind.

Cross obtained a warrant for Diaz's arrest on Tuesday. He was booked into the Angelina County Jail Wednesday around 3:30 p.m.

If you have any additional information about this suspect, please call Det. Cross at the Lufkin Police Department at 630-0546.

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