A condom tossed out a car parked in the Northgate Market lot on West McFadden Avenue near Bristol Street in Santa Ana Monday night led a passerby to peer inside and see a grown man with an 8-year-old boy.
The man in the car, Pedro Castillo Sanchez, has been arrested on suspicion of molesting the lad.
The boy and 33-year-old Sanchez reside in the same Santa Ana apartment complex, and police allege the man drove the boy to the store before ordering the youngster to pull down his pants. When the boy did not comply, police say, Sanchez pulled the pants down himself and sexually assaulted the kid. It is further alleged that when the boy started screaming, Sanchez pulled down his own pants, placed the condom over his penis and began masturbating.
Cops were called to Northgate at 8 p.m., but by then Sanchez was gone. A check of his St. Andrew Place apartment also came up empty. He was finally arrested around 11 p.m. at a residence on West Myrtle Street. He was booked into the city jail on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and lewd and lascivious acts by force.