CRIME

Kidnapped California girl jumps from moving car after sexual assault, police say

Timothy Marble.

Timothy Marble.  (Sonoma County Sheriff's Office)

A California man was arrested by police Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Timothy Marble, 50, was charged on suspicion of numerous counts of sexual acts with a minor, kidnapping and child abuse, according to Sgt. Spencer Crum of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies' first interaction with Marble was during a call he made to 911 around 5:40 a.m. Saturday. Marble claimed his passenger had jumped from their moving vehicle at South Harbour Way as they drove down Highway 1.

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As deputies spoke with Marble about the incident, the 13-year-old passenger emerged from some nearby bushes, her body covered in road rash. She told deputies Marble had sexually assaulted her.

Marble was arrested at the scene and an ambulance took the girl to get treatment at a hospital. There she was reunited with her mother and interviewed by detectives.

In her interview with officials, Crum reports that the 13-year-old described how she had run away from her Napa home Thursday night following an argument with her mother.

Marble is a convicted felon and has a long criminal history of drug charges. This was his first sexual assault offense. He has been booked without bail into the Sonoma County Jail.

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