Woman sexually assaulted in Bendersville, DNA leads to suspect’s arrest

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Sergio Granados-Ruelas

Sergio Granados-Ruelas

BENDERSVILLE (WPMT)-A Bendersville man accused of breaking into an Adams County home and raping a woman last year has been arrested, according to a news release from District Attorney Shawn Wagner.

Authorities charged 27-year-old Sergio Granados-Ruelas with rape, burglary, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault and unlawful restraint.

According to police, on November 19, 2014, state police troopers  responded to a report of a sexual assault and home invasion in Bendersville. A 25-year-old woman told investigators she had been asleep when a stranger broke into her home and raped her. The woman’s two small children were inside at the time of the incident.

An extensive search by state police troopers found footprints in the frozen ground leading from a cornfield to the rear of the home where a window was broken out. Evidence, including the suspect’s DNA, was taken from the scene.

The Pennsylvania State Police Lab used that DNA to narrow down the list of possible suspects. DNA evidence linking Granados-Ruelas to the rape led to the charges, Wagner said.

Granados-Ruelas was arrested Friday morning in Bendersville by U.S. Marshals. He was taken to Adams County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18.

If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in jail, Wagner said.

1 Comment

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    55 years is an odd figure. We should hear about the minimums that criminals may get. That’s the important figure. I want to know that some sonovabitch is getting a minimum of 20 years for some crime. Any time above the minimum is a bonus……..provided the conviction is solid.

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