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Dec 9, 2013 7:58 PM by Janine Reyes

Out of State Tip Leads to Sexual Assault Arrest

CORPUS CHRISTI -- After months of investigating a handful of sexual assault attempts, police say they have taken a dangerous man off the streets.

Corpus Christi Police arrested Orlando Robles Friday and today a judge set his bond at $1.5 million.

Two detectives worked this case almost non stop for months. After releasing a sketch and sifting through tips from the community, an out of state tip from another police department is what finally led them to their man.

Police in New Bedford, Massachusetts have not yet charged Robles, but, they say he may have committed similar crimes there too.

"I think every woman in this community had a little fear every time she walked out to get into her car, especially if you're going out at night or something like that, I couldn't help but be concerned myself," CCPD Lieutenant Kelly Isaacks said in a press conference Monday.

CCPD detectives believe Robles is the man in a sketch released October 4th, after two early morning attempted attacks back in September, both happened near Ocean drive.

"We didn't really have a whole lot other than physical evidence but there again we were waiting on that," Isaacks said.

She tells us detectives feared he would attack again, and they didn't know it at the time, but it appears he did near Leopard and Villa on September 30th.

"We have tied him to a sexual assault, and attempted sexual assault, we have an assault causing bodily injury which is a 3rd case, is a misdemeanor," Isaacks said.

While the sketch put together with victim's descriptions brought in a lot of tips, none of them led to a suspect.

But, a call from police in New Bedford, Massachusetts ended up being a game changer.

Detectives there are also investigating sexual assault cases, but, right now, Robles is not facing any charges in their jurisdiction.

"They do have similar sexual assault cases where the victim is either followed in a vehicle, kind of a dynamic attack as far as the victim walking through a parking lot and just being immediately physically attacked," Isaacks said.

The two departments are now working these cases together.

Corpus Christi police are going back to review all unsolved assault and sexual assault cases since mid-July; that's when Robles moved back to Rockport.

They also notified law enforcement statewide.

Tonight, Robles remains in jail.

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