Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Las Vegas Man Arrested on Burglary, Attempted Sexual Assault Charges

Police arrested a 30-year-old man Thursday on allegations of burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Joseph Laurente, also known as Joe Lamrenje, a resident of Las Vegas, was booked at  the Clark County jail pending a court appearance on charges including battery, burglary, attempted sexual assault with weapon and coercion with force.

Authorities say Laurente was suspected of entering neighbors' apartments through sliding doors, attacking a sleeping woman in one unit and taking a purse from another woman in another unit.

Metro Police responded Tuesday to a report that a woman had been attacked in her home in the 8100 block of West Flamingo Road. The woman told police she was roused from sleep after finding an unknown man on top of her. She said the man put a pillow over her face and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim was able to fight off the man but she sustained several injuries to her face, neck and wrist. The suspect ran from the apartment.

On Wednesday, police responded to a reported robbery that happened at the same building as the attempted sexual assault. The victim in this incident reported that on July 19 she confronted a man who had entered her apartment. She told police she struggled with the suspect who threatened her with a sharp-edged weapon before he left the apartment with her purse.

The description of the burglary suspect and the sexual assault suspect were found to be matched. Police believe the suspect may have lived in the complex because there had been other reported incidents of burglaries in the same apartment building.