Man in custody linked to Omaha sexual assault case from March

Police said the 22-year-old had been arrested in April after a domestic disturbance incident.
Omaha Police have arrested a 22-year-old in connection with a rash of alleged sexual assaults.
Published: Jan. 10, 2023 at 3:33 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police said Tuesday that they have identified a suspect in a sexual assault case from last March.

Puoch Puoch, 22, was already in custody on felony charges relating to a domestic violence incident but will now face 11 more charges relating to last year’s sexual assault case, according to the OPD release.

Already in custody on unrelated charges, Puoch Puoch, 22, right, will also face new charges...
Already in custody on unrelated charges, Puoch Puoch, 22, right, will also face new charges relating to a sexual assault last March, Omaha Police announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. OPD released a photo, left, of a person of interest in the case last April.(Omaha Police Department)

Those new charges include attempted kidnapping, terroristic threats, theft, two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of burglary, and three counts of robbery.

Last March, three different women, all in Millard, called Omaha Police with very similar stories.

According to police reports, on March 10, a 32-year-old woman told police she was sleeping on her couch n her home when she awoke to a man walking around with a phone flashlight. She told police she believed the man was her husband, until he grabbed her and attempted to drag her out of the home and sexually assualt her.

The woman told police she believes he got into the home by tampering with her garage door keypad. The next morning, the family realized their car was missing from their driveway, too.

A week later, a 39-year-old woman told police she woke up to a man sitting on her bed, and that he had broken in through her apartment’s bedroom window, which he had to remove the screen from. A criminal complaint alleges the man attempted to sexually assault her before leaving with her purse and wallet.

The following week, a 49-year-old woman told police she heard a noise downstairs early in the morning. According to a police report, she went downstairs to find a man in her home by her back door. She told police the man sexually assaulted her and left with her wallet.

At the end of March 2022, OPD was urging the public to be cautious as investigators looked into a sexual assault with the help of the FBI. About a week later, authorities released a low-res image of a person they believed was connected to the case.

In early April, OMaha Police arrested Puoch for a different crime - domestic violence.

Court records allege he left a 23-year-old woman with a broken jaw, and in need of surgery to repair it.

Puoch was placed on a $750,000 bond following the domestic violence charge.

“Special thanks to our team of detectives, Forensic Investigations Unit and our law enforcement partners for their diligence in conducting a thorough investigation and ultimately making the arrest of this very dangerous individual,” OPD said in the release.

Puoch will face a judge Wednesday morning for the 11 new charges he’s facing. Several of those charges include robberies at local businesses around the same time as the incidents with the three women.