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Police: Man masturbated near sleeping victim's hotel bed
By: Jesse Martinez
LAS CRUCES, N.M. A 30-year-old Albuquerque woman sleeping in a Las Cruces hotel room was started as a man grabbed her arm while he was masturbating, police said.
Police responded around 3:30 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express at 2635 Valley Drive when they heard of the incident.
Police said a man, later identified as Alan Israel Hernandez, 27, illegally entered the woman's hotel room sometime after the woman fell asleep at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Around 3:30 a.m., the woman awoke when Hernandez grabbed her arm, and she saw him masturbating near her bed, police said.
Hernandez reportedly took the woman's cellphone, and tried to keep her from using the hotel room's phone. She was able to run into the hallway where a guest in a nearby room came to help her, police said.
Hernandez fled the hotel wearing only shorts as he rode off on a bicycle, police said. He was later found a few blocks away.
The woman told policed that she was worried Hernandez was going to sexually assault her.
Police found Hernandez's clothing and belongings inside the woman's room. Police could not find signs of forced entry into the hotel room, and they were not able to determine how he got inside, officials said.
A hotel worker told police Hernandez entered the hotel lobby to use the bathroom a short time before the incident happened, police said.
Hernandez was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bail set at $25,000.