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Nine felony charges filed in girl's abduction

Pizza delivery led police to suspect

Police say the suspect goes by several aliases and will be arraigned as Enrique Sosa Alvarez instead of David Montiel Cruz, his first reported name.
Police say the suspect goes by several aliases and will be arraigned as Enrique Sosa Alvarez instead of David Montiel Cruz, his first reported name.

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SAN JOSE, California (CNN) -- The man held in the abduction of a 9-year-old girl faces nine felony charges and, if convicted on all counts, could face up to 115 years or life in prison, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Enrique Sosa Alvarez, 23, also known as David Montiel Cruz, who was arrested Monday near the girl's home, is being held at the Santa Clara County jail without bail. His arraignment was set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. [5 p.m. EDT].

The charges include residential burglary, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, one count of rape, two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child and child endangerment, Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney Matt Braker said.

"In addition, the defendant is charged with special allegations for the kidnapping and tying and binding of the victim," Braker said.

The girl, whose name was being kept private because of the rape charge, was abducted Friday afternoon after she had come home from school in an incident captured by a neighbor's surveillance camera. The suspect was still at home with the girl when her mother and 15-year old brother returned to the house, and the two were injured fighting with the man as he left with the girl.

Alvarez was charged with assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury in connection with an attack on the victim's brother, and with felony battery causing serious bodily injury in connection with an assault on the victim's mother, Braker said.

Braker described the young victim as "an amazing little girl with a courage seldom seen.

"It is her bravery and ability to maintain her wits that lead to the arrest and now prosecution of her assailant," he said.

He also commended the girl's mother and brother.

"Each of them bears the injuries and scars from their efforts to stop the assaults of their sister and daughter."

Attempted murder charge 'off the table'

Regarding an earlier report that authorities planned to charge the suspect with attempted murder, Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu said only that the charge was "off the table for now."

The girl was found alive late Sunday after she went into a convenience store in East Palo Alto, 30 miles from her home. The store owner realized the girl was the one police were seeking.

San Jose Deputy Police Chief Rob Davis also praised the girl for remaining calm during her ordeal.

"She kept her head about her, she kept her wits about her, she was observant, she paid attention, she thought on her feet as things were going along," Davis said.

"She didn't just sit back and be a victim. She was actively thinking all of the time about what was going on around her, clearly details about a residence, thinking of ways that she could remember things."

Police have said the girl described the house where she was held and a pizza delivery that took place. Police said they got an address from the pizza restaurant and found the suspect in the attic of that home.

Authorities said he put up a fight when arrested, kicking several arresting officers. A K-9 unit dog bit his arm during the arrest, and the wound required medical care.

At one point, Alvarez was put into a police car with a plastic mask on his face, which authorities said protected police from being spit upon. He has since been said to be cooperating with authorities.

Davis said earlier Tuesday that authorities were eliminating the possibility of a second person involved in the abduction, based on "solid evidence" that the suspect acted alone.

Police said the girl might have said something to her abductor that led him to release her, but they declined to elaborate.

The motive in the case was unclear, though authorities have said the family shares common friends with the suspect.

Investigators are trying to learn more about the suspect, who they say has used several aliases. CNN has learned that they are examining the past year to see if he has had any contact with other children, who would then be interviewed.

-- CNN correspondent Dan Lothian and producer Stan Wilson contributed to this report.


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