APPLE VALLEY • An Apple Valley resident was arrested after a police investigation revealed he had allegedly sexually assaulted a 25-year-old developmentally disabled Barstow man, authorities said Friday.
Elijah Miller, 31, was arrested Thursday at his residence by Barstow Police and booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to a police press release.
On Jan. 18, while investigating a possible sexual assault, Officer Monty Franklin learned that Miller and the victim knew each other as neighbors at an assisted living facility in Rialto. The victim’s family moved him to Barstow to avoid Miller once it was learned Miller may have been sexually assaulting him.
Franklin’s investigation determined that Miller located the victim’s residence in Barstow and gained entry — physically forcing himself onto the victim and committing several sexual acts, police said.
Further investigation was referred to the Barstow Police Department’s Detective Division. Detective Keith Libby located Miller at his home in the 13000 block of Skiomah Road. He was interviewed and as a result, significant evidence was gained supporting the charges against him, police said.
Miller faces charges of sexual penetration by force, sexual battery and oral copulation. He is due to appear at Barstow Superior Court on Monday, court records showed.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may contact the WETip Hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME.