IRVINE — A 24-year-old Irvine man was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Larry Molina was being held on $1 million bail, according to jail records.

Police were called about the alleged sexual assault on Peters Canyon Trail near Irvine Boulevard and the 261 Toll Road about 6 p.m. Monday, police said.

Molina is accused of grabbing and sexually assaulting the girl after she passed him on the trail, police said. The teen fought him off and was able to run away to a nearby home and call for help, police said.

Evidence was located tying Molina to the crime, police said, adding in a statement: “Molina was not known to the victim prior to this incident.”

Anyone with information related to the investigation was asked to contact Detective Gavin Hudson at 949-724-7168 or

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