Woman attacked in Austin apartment complex

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT McKENNEY

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 6:21 PM

AUSTIN -- Changes are being made at The Ridge Apartments after a man attacked and almost raped a woman in the laundry center Saturday night.

Austin police say the woman went into the laundry room, which can only be accessed by key, around 9:30 pm and noticed a man inside.

"She noticed that he didn't have any laundry with him, kind of seemed out of place. He made her feel uncomfortable so she left," said Austin Senior Police Officer Jermaine Kilgore.

Around 11:30 pm, she came back to get her laundry. The lights were off, but the woman went in and started looking for the light switch.

"That's when she was attacked by the suspect," said Kilgore. "There was a struggle. She was screaming, she was yelling and then the maintenance guy -- that I guess lives on property -- heard the cries for help."

As the man tried to break down the door, police say the suspect ran out and into the woods. When police arrived they noticed a pair of keys near the window of the laundromat. They belonged to a car parked in the complex. Lying in the backseat under a blanket, police found 30-year-old Daleph Albarran. He matched the description of the attacker.

"You never want to hear something like that happened to somebody. Especially since I live like really close to the laundromat," said Sydney Arguelles. "Maybe I've passed by her a couple of times. It's just upsetting to know something like that could happen."

Arguelles moved into the complex a few months ago. She's disappointed management did not tell residents about the crime.

"They could have at least sent out a notice or let us know that this incident happened to keep an eye out or try not to go into the laundromat alone," said Arguelles.

Apartment managers said they are required by their corporate office to not tell residents about what happened.

They did tell KVUE News that they are increasing security measures around the complex. Managers have hired a security company to patrol the complex on foot from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Security cameras are being installed in the laundry rooms, along with a card access system and the lights inside the laundry rooms can no longer be turned off.

"Those are great steps to make sure that it's safer for everyone," said Samantha Rubino who lives at The Ridge. 

Albarran is charged with attempted sexual assault. He's being held in the Travis County Jail on $20,000 bond. Immigration has also been contacted because police say he is a Mexican citizen who is in the U.S. illegally.

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