Burglar accused of sexually assaulting 9-year-old arrested in Minneapolis

- Minneapolis police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl last weekend.

Jarid Troy Alan Jovanovich, 28, was arrested under the 3rd Avenue Bridge on Wednesday morning.

The Anoka County sheriff’s office sent a release on May 23 asking for the public to help locate Jovanovich, who was suspected of entering homes and stealing valuables in the Columbia Heights and the St. Anthony area between 1 and 6 a.m. Sunday. In one incident, Jovanovich is believed to have entered a home and sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl who had been asleep.

STORY- WANTED: Burglar sexually assaulted 9-year-old, sheriff says

A tipster reported seeing someone who resembled Jovanovich on foot near Main Street and Third Avenue SE at 10:30 a.m. Officers saw him, and he fled down embankment along the 3rd Avenue Bridge near the Mississippi River. Minneapolis and Metro Transit officers caught him in a rocky area under the bridge.

He has been charged in the St. Anthony burglary but has not yet been charged for any of his alleged crimes in Anoka County. 

Most recently, he was convicted of first-degree burglary stemming from an incident in March 2015 and spent 182 days in jail. He also has various assault, burglary, trespassing, disorderly conduct, property damage, public urination and drug possession convictions dating back to 2007.


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