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Shawn Hackworth has been arrested on charges of false imprisonment, attempted rape by force and burglary.  (Contributed photo by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department)

A 21-year-old Fontana man has been arrested on charges of false imprisonment, attempted rape by force and burglary following two separate incidents in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Shawn Hackworth was booked into West Valley Detention Center and was being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

The first incident took place on July 12 at about 5:32 p.m., when deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department responded to the 9100 block of Haven Avenue for a report of false imprisonment in progress.

The suspect entered the business, asked for some water, exited, and then paced back and forth in front of the business. The suspect then reentered the business and told the four female employees to go to the back of the building. One employee ran out the emergency exit and called the police. Hackworth fled the business in the opposite direction. The three remaining employees ran to a closet on the second floor, hid and called 9-1-1. Deputies arrived on scene and cleared the business. The suspect was not located.

Then on July 15 at about 6:34 p.m., the suspect entered a second business in the 8800 block of Haven. The victim was alone in the restroom when Hackworth allegedly approached her and began sexually assaulting her. The victim attempted to defend herself, but Hackworth was bigger and stronger. Fearing she was going to be raped, the victim screamed as loud as she could, which caused Hackworth to flee the location, the Sheriff's Department said.

Through investigation, detectives identified Hackworth as the suspect responsible for committing both crimes.

Detectives are releasing Hackworth’s photo in case there are any additional victims who recognize him. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga P.D. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information at www.wetip.com.

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