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Suspect arrested in sexual assault of woman at gunpoint

Updated Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 5:31 p.m.

Shawn Brock

Shawn Brock

Site of sexual assault

Metro Police arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint last week in the northeast valley.

The suspect, Shawn Brock, is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center on counts of burglary, robbery, sexual assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon, according to arrest reports. The burglary and robbery counts stem from an unrelated purse-snatching incident that happened several hours after the sexual assault.

Police said the sexual assault occurred shortly after midnight June 18 when Brock followed a 19-year-old woman leaving Mini Mart, 3455 N. Nellis Blvd.

According to an arrest report released Wednesday:

The victim told detectives she rebuffed the man’s advances when she was shopping at the convenience store. As she walked to her nearby apartment complex, the woman noticed the man following her in a sport-utility vehicle.

The suspect then cornered her inside the complex and pointed a handgun at her while demanding money. When the victim said she didn’t have any money, he ordered her behind a Dumpster, where he sexually assaulted her.

After the attack, the woman flagged down a nearby officer and reported the sexual assault.

Detectives used surveillance images from Mini Mart to identify the suspect as Brock.

In the process, detectives learned Brock had been arrested several hours after the sexual assault. Police arrested him after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse from her car at a downtown parking garage.

When detectives interviewed Brock in jail, he denied the sexual assault — instead saying he paid the victim $40 for sex.

Detectives, however, located a handgun at the apartment where Brock was arrested for the purse-snatching. The handgun matched the description of the weapon described by the victim in the sexual assault.

Police said they are reviewing similar crimes to see if there's a connection. Anyone with information about this incident or others is asked to call Metro's sexual assault section at 702-828-3421. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit crimestoppersofnv.com.

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