On Friday, RPD officers met with the 19-year-old female victim of a sexual assault that occurred the night before. Officers learned the victim and suspect, Michael J. del Ostia, 52, knew each other as the suspect was a longtime family friend and a youth group leader for one of the victim’s siblings. On Thursday evening, they met up and were walking in the downtown area. While downtown the suspect provided the victim some alcoholic beverages he had purchased.
At one point they were in a business and when the victim went to use the restroom, she said del Ostia followed and began to sexually assault her. She was able to push the suspect and run away. After returning home she was able to discuss the incident with her family and it was reported to RPD the next day.
RPD sex crimes’ detectives responded and conducted their investigation. After interviewing the suspect on Saturday he was arrested and booked into the Washoe County Jail without incident. He resigned from the youth organization prior to his arrest.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Reno Police Department Sex Crimes unit at 785-8605 or remain anonymous by calling Secret Witness at 322-4900.