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Police arrest suspect in alleged sexual assault of St. Catharines girl

Niagara police released a photo of a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in St. Catharines.
Niagara police released a photo of a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in St. Catharines. Niagara Police

Police have arrested a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl in St. Catharines.

Niagara Regional police say they picked up the suspect around 1:45 a.m. on Thursday near Tasker and Queenston streets in St. Catharines.

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Francisco Jose Colocho-Romero, 25, of St. Catharines, was arrested without incident and faces two charges — sexual assault and sexual interference.

Colocho-Romero makes his first court appearance on Thursday.

Investigators say they are still combing through the area of Queenston Street between Haynes Avenue and Tasker Street for evidence. In a release, they’ve asked residents to check their properties for “discarded electronics devices.”

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Police say a child was approached and assaulted by a man around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, in the Haynes Avenue and Queenston Street area.

The child did not suffer any physical injuries in the incident, according to investigators.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Child Abuse Unit at (905) 688-4111, dial option 3, badge #9127

— With files from Laura Hampshire

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