Man who crawled through window into children's bedroom sought
Police: 3 children were inside during break-in
Last Updated: 388 days ago
OCEANSIDE, Calif. -
Police Monday are searching for a man who crawled through a window and into an Oceanside home where three children were sleeping.
The incident was reported at 2 a.m. in the 2400 block of Seasons Road, according to Oceanside police.
Police said the man removed a screen and climbed into a bedroom where two girls were sleeping. He apparently landed on one of the girls' beds. A sergeant at the scene told 10News there is no evidence that the suspect planned to kidnap the girls, but the suspect did talk to them and at one point made physical contact with them.
Police told 10News the man committed a lewd act on the oldest of the girls, but she resisted and ran to get her mother, who called police. Police did not say what the lewd act was, but noted the girls are OK.
10News learned another child, a baby, was at the home at the time of the break-in.
Several patrol cars responded to the scene, as well as a K-9 unit and a helicopter.
James Barrass, who lives next door, said police woke him up to check his house.
"The officer told me what was going on. He wanted to go in my backyard and check and see if anybody was back there," Barrass said. "I took him through the house [and] let him out in the back. He checked everything, didn't find anything."
Police said the suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s and about 5 feet 2 inches tall with black hair. He was wearing dark clothing.
Detectives returned to the home at about 7 a.m. to interview the girls and collect evidence.
A neighbor willingly went back to police headquarters to be interviewed. Police told 10News he was briefly considered a suspect, but was released.
Parents in the neighborhood are now on high alert, promising to be vigilant about watching for suspicious people.
A mother of two, Jessica Charvat, told 10News she plans to talk to her children about the incident.
"It's scary," she said. "I mean, nowadays you have to teach your children to be not naïve anymore. They have to know everything about everything."
Charvat and other parents mentioned the ravine that runs along many of their backyards and wondered aloud whether that made their homes more vulnerable to predators.
"It makes you aware of your own space and how you have your house set up," said Norienne Saign, who said she and her husband will discuss taking new security measures.
"There's only so much you can do. You have to be aware and if you're hearing noises, then you probably should not hesitate to call police," added Saign, who has an 8-year-old daughter.
Saign called the incident "unnerving" but hopes the suspect is long gone.
"He's probably not going to come back because he knows people are out looking for him," said Saign.
A sketch of the suspect is expected to be released Tuesday.
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