MENTONE – A 30-year-old Mentone man was arrested for the rape of a 74-year-old woman authorities said. The rape occurred on Monday, January 19, 2017, in Mentone.
The victim told deputies that she was sleeping in her home and woke up to the suspect on top of her and choking her. She struggled to avoid the sexual assault, but she was no match for the suspect. The elderly woman was sexually assaulted and injured during the attack. The alarm at the home went off and the suspect fled from her home.
Evidence was collected at the scene which linked James Hiles to the rape. Hiles was arrested on Monday, February 6, 2017, and booked into Central Detention Center. He is being held in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this crime, or any other incident involving Hiles, is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at the Yucaipa Police Department. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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- James-Hiles: Photo by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department