Morgan Hill parolee arrested for assault on two San Jose women

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ByLisa Amin Gulezian KGO logo
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Morgan Hill parolee arrested for assault on two SJ women
A 26-year-old Morgan Hill man has been arrested for sexually assaulting two women aged, 63 and 54, in San Jose.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A South Bay man is in jail after police say he savagely attacked two women in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Kenneth Bridges of Morgan Hill, 26, is on parole after serving time for robbery and was taken into custody after someone reported the assault in progress.

Bridges is accused of breaking into an apartment on Stokes Street early Wednesday morning. Once inside, police say he terrorized the women who live there; one is 54 and the other is 63. A neighbor says both are mentally challenged.

"It is very disturbing," San Jose Police spokesperson Officer Albert Morales said. "Our idea is to find some closure for the victims."

One woman managed to dial 911while Bridges was still in the apartment. Police arrested him on the spot. Detectives don't think the women knew Bridges, but they do think more victims could be out there.

ABC7 News showed Bridges' photo to people in the neighborhood and several said they had seen him before. Resident Patrick Mallory said, "I've seen him 2-3 times standing down there."

Mallory pointed to a spot just a few feet from the victim's apartment.

"It's wrong on so many different levels, you just don't know," resident Laura Fiddler said.

Fiddler is scared. She, like the victims, lives with a disability. She hopes the women weren't targeted because of it. She said, "It makes me really nervous because it makes me want to look over my shoulder just to make sure no one is following."

Bridges was already on parole for robbery when he was arrested. He's now being held on 16 felony counts ranging from rape to false imprisonment.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to notify San Jose police's sexual assault unit at (408) 277-4102.