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Navy Commander arrested in San Diego on suspicion of assault with intent to rape

John M. Neuhart II arrested in San Diego for allegedly attempting to rape a fellow Navy employee.
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NBC 7 - San Diego

A U.S. Navy Commander was arrested on Monday for allegedly trying to rape a female Navy employee. 

According to NBC 7 News, Commander John M. Neuhart II, 39, was arrested and booked at the San Diego County Jail for attempted rape by force and one count of assault with intent to rape, say police.

The San Diego County District Attorney said Neuhart was released on bail, but is unclear if he was represented by a lawyer.

The incident, according to reports, took place on Monday when Neuhart and the victim ran into each other at a hotel downtown.

According to Phillips, The victim was with a group of friends but recognized Neuhart and they talked for a while.

The victim eventually left “with Neuhart going as well” reports NBC 7.

Once inside the house Neuhart then allegedly tried to rape her, but she screamed and fought back drawing the attention of a neighbor.

"The suspect immediately became forceful with her and attempted to sexually assault her," Phillips said.

The neighbor called the police and Neuhart ran out the back door.

Police eventually caught up with the alleged assailant as he was escaping through a nearby canyon.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 19 at 1:30 pm, according to Assistant PAO Command of Naval Air Forces Lt. Leslie Hubbell.

Neuhart joined the "Warhawks" of Fleet Replacement Squadron, HS-10 in San Diego in 2002, according to the news report.

He was then deployed aboard USS Harry S. Truman, and served as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) at the Seahawk Weapons School "Seawolf" in Fallon, Nevada.

Commander William Easthamis was given temporary command of Neuhart's squadron said Navy officials.