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.
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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.