Police believe a man arrested Friday in connection with a sexual assault and robbery in Anaheim is linked to a similar attack at a Santa Ana mall Wednesday that left a 19-year-old woman injured.
Anaheim police responded to the incident about 6:30 a.m. after reports of an attack outside the Sa-Rang church near La Palma Avenue and Brookhurst Street.
A woman told police she was walking to her car from the church when someone pushed her into a vehicle, demanded money and sexually assaulted her, officials said.
Authorities said the woman was able to get away from her attacker and run to a nearby Chevron gas station and call police.
Police arrested the man after a short pursuit ended when he crashed the car, police said. He had taken the woman's car, police said.
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Three other people inside the vehicle at the time of the crash remained in the vehicle. It was unclear whether they were arrested.
Santa Ana police -- who were in the Anaheim area searching for a suspect in the sexual assault and robbery of a woman at a Santa Ana mall on Wednesday -- helped Anaheim authorities in the arrest.