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Luke AFB Airman accused of attempted sexual assault

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He's a member of the United States Air Force, stationed at Luke Air Force Base in the west valley. But he's been arrested for sexual abuse and attempted sexual assault.

In his mug shot, Airman Anthony Banks has two black eyes. That's because someone jumped in to try and stop him from sexually assaulting a woman.

This allegedly happened at a party in Surprise about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The man who threw the party wouldn't talk to us tonight, but he did have a sling on his arm -- possibly from punching Banks in the face.

The victim told police Banks cornered her in a bathroom and fondled her. Witnesses on the other side of the door heard the victim yell "no" several times, according to court documents. The door was locked, so the homeowner had to break down the door.

It was then that the homeowner apparently punched Banks and threw him out of the house. That homeowner then called 911.

Banks, of Goodyear, left the scene as a passenger in someone's vehicle but was later located. He admitted to going into the bathroom but denied that anyone else was in there with him.

Police say that all parties involved had been drinking and appeared to be heavily intoxicated.

It's unclear how long Banks has been with Luke Air Force Base. The base is expected to issue a statement on Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing.

Video: FOX 10's Jill Monier reports.

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