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Police arrest convicted felon in Fremont home invasion, sexual assault

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Fremont police have arrested a convicted felon they say has admitted to assaulting a mother and her daughter during a violent home invasion robbery.

The incident began shortly after the woman and her daughter returned to their home on Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont early Sunday. Police say when the daughter went to her bedroom, she was confronted by a man “lying in wait,” who was armed with a short-barrel shotgun and wearing a full-face mask and gloves.

After binding the daughter with duct tape, police say the suspect also bound the mother with duct tape, took her to a different room in the home, demanded money and sexually assaulted her.

When a man described by police as a “male resident” arrived home shortly after midnight, the suspect ran from the home. On the way out, he took a number of items, including the mother’s wallet.

In a release issued Monday announcing the arrest, police say within a few hours of the attack they were able to identify Jamala Morris, a 34-year-old Fremont man, as the suspect. They also determined Morris had prior felony convictions and was also on felony probation.

About ten hours into the investigation, based on physical evidence, witness statements, video surveillance, phone evidence and additional evidence investigators say linked Morris to the attack, police arrested Morris and obtained a warrant to search his home.

Inside, they say they found the stolen wallet, a short-barrel shotgun, duct tape and other evidence.

While being questioned, detectives say Morris confessed to the home invasion and the attacks. He did not know the mother and daughter, but had only seen them in passing.

Morris is being held without bail after being arrested on suspicion of kidnapping to commit rape/robbery, assault with intent to commit rape, armed robbery and other charges.

He’s due to be arraigned in Superior Court in Fremont on Tuesday.