A local teen charged with attempted homicide and indecent assault of a 5-year-old had not been extradited to Pennsylvania as of Monday afternoon, Adams County District Attorney Brian Sinnett said.

The arrest of Octavian Perez, 16, happened in southwestern Virginia, said Sinnett, noting he was not certain of the exact jurisdiction involved.

The arrest occurred Sunday about noon, according to Pennsylvania State Police. No additional information was provided Monday.

An extradition hearing was planned Monday in Virginia, but was continued until today, Sinnett said.

Should Perez waive his right to a formal extradition hearing, he could be transferred to Pennsylvania relatively quickly, Sinnett said. But the process may move more slowly if Perez exercises his right to a hearing, which would require Pennsylvania law enforcement personnel to testify, Sinnett said.

A criminal complaint filed Aug. 5 lists Perez as residing at a location in Bonneauville, which has a Gettysburg postal address.

Felony charges against Perez are attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and two counts of strangulation, according to the complaint filed by Pennsylvania Trooper Matthew Hochberg. Perez is also charged with misdemeanor counts of indecent assault, reckless endangerment, and simple assault, according to the complaint.

The victim told investigators Perez smothered her with a pillow, touched her inappropriately, exposed himself, and asked her to touch him Aug. 4, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Hochberg.

The victim said she was unable to hear or walk when she woke up after the incident, according to information in the affidavit.

The victim suffered “visible injuries to her neck,” and had bruise-like markings on her shoulder, face, and head, the affidavit reads. She was examined at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, according to the affidavit.

A relative first contacted police Aug. 5 about 2 a.m., according to the affidavit.

Also Aug. 5 about 2 p.m., a witness told police Perez “appeared distraught” as they traveled to Maryland about noon the previous day, according to the affidavit

Perez told the witness he thought he had killed the girl and he had “consumed alcohol the prior evening and was filled with anger,” it is alleged in the affidavit.

Perez “is being charged as an adult” due to the attempted homicide charge, Sinnett said.

Police originally indicated Perez was sought as a missing person.

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