An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl during a residential burglary in Oxnard.
Luis Contreras is accused of entering a home on the 4300 block of Rose Avenue around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday by cutting the screen to a window. He allegedly stole items from the home and placed them into a bag before going upstairs. He then entered a bedroom that belonged to an 11-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother, approached the girl while she was sleeping and sexually assaulted her before fleeing the scene, police said.
As police responded to the home, they received a burglary call from the 2100 block of Barnett Street. The person calling reported that a man entered their home through an open window and stole a cell phone. The resident said that they confronted the burglar and he fled.
As additional officers responded to the area, one noticed Contreras riding a bike in the neighborhood. Contreras matched the description of the person who entered both residences, police said.
Contreras was detained and questioned, and then arrested for two counts of residential burglary and forcible sexual assault of a minor under 14 years of age. His bail has been set at $500,000.
A court appearance was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.