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Suspect Arrested in Felony Sex Offense Involving Child

Port of San Diego Harbor Police have arrested a suspect in a felony sex offense case involving a child that was reported on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at about 7:13 p.m. 

In that incident, Port of San Diego Harbor Police responded to a report that a man was harassing children in the pool area of a hotel located at 1380 Harbor Island Drive. Upon arrival, Harbor Police officers learned that a man had performed a lewd act on a child under 14 years of age. The suspect was described as a white male adult, 5’10” to 5’11” tall, 50-60 years old, with golden blond hair and a faded tattoo on his chest; he left the scene after he was confronted by hotel security prior to police arrival.  

Harbor Police detectives conducted an investigation and identified the man as 66-year-old Douglas Richard Madruga of San Diego, a registered sex offender. On Thursday, July 12, Harbor Police detectives arrested Madruga on two felony counts of performing a lewd act on a child under 14 and two felony counts of harassing or molesting a child under 18.

Harbor Police detectives executed a search warrant of the suspect’s house, seized several items, and are continuing the investigation. 

Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

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Port Public Safety is responsible for safeguarding waterfront parks and land, maintaining homeland security and collaborating with agency partners to deter crime locally and abroad. Through the Harbor Police Department, the Port provides for the safety of our communities and resources along San Diego Bay and at San Diego International Airport, and is seen as a global leader in maritime and aviation public safety.