Man accused of sexually assaulting woman on Valley Metro bus

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police have arrested a homeless man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman he first encountered on a Valley Metro bus.

Officers say the woman boarded the bus last Thursday in the area of 59th Avenue and Camelback Road and sat in the back. Later on, 27-year-old Demetrius Burns got on the bus at Peoria Avenue and sat next to her.

Burns is accused of putting his hand on the woman's leg while talking to her and then grabbing her face and trying to kiss her.

Investigators say the woman pulled away and exited the bus. Police say Burns followed her off the bus and grabbed her wrist. They say she ran off and Burns followed her again. He's then accused of pushing her against a wall, grabbing her breast, vagina and buttocks, and trying to pull down her pants.

The woman called 9-1-1 and officers took Burns into custody.

Officials say he admitted to groping the woman and exposing himself to her. Records show Burns told officers he was drugged, which was his excuse for his behavior.

He was booked on five counts including felony charges of sexual assault, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment.

A judge set a secured appearance bond of $50,000 and said Burns would need to be fitted with electronic monitoring equipment upon his release from jail.

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