CONCORD, CA – On July 11, 2017, Concord Police Officers responded to a 911 call from a grandmother who reported her elementary school aged granddaughter had been sexually assaulted by a unknown man, who detectives identified as 60 year-old Jose Chavez, of Concord.
The victim and her grandmother had been washing their clothes in a Laundromat located in the 1900 block of Monument Blvd. where Chavez was also doing laundry.
During the course of doing laundry, Chavez discreetly victimized the child without the knowledge of her grandmother or other patrons in the business. The assault was captured on the Laundromat’s security video system.
When the video images were discovered by detectives, they issued a “Be on the Look Out” to Concord Officers who patrolled the neighborhood. A few hours later, a Concord Officer recognized Chavez walking in a nearby shopping center where he was arrested without incident.
The Concord Police Department Special Victims Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident and do not believe that other Laundromat patrons are at risk of being victimized. In addition, detectives are also investigating the possibility of other victims.
The Laundromat owners and staff have fully cooperated with the Concord Police Department during this investigation. Chavez remains in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility and the case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office later this week.
Anyone with additional information is being asked to call the Concord Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at (925) 603-5836.