An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly breaking into an Oxnard home and sexually assaulting a child, police said.
Officers responded to the 4300 block of Rose Avenue (map) shortly before 2 a.m. after receiving a report that an 11-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted, a news release from the Oxnard Police Department stated.
The man allegedly gained entry into the residence by cutting the screen to one of the home’s window, according to the police. Once inside, he allegedly took various items from the residence and put them in a bag.
He then went upstairs and entered the bedroom of two children, an 11-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy.
The man approached the sleeping girl and allegedly proceeded to sexually assault her, police said in the release.
He then fled the scene.
During the course of the initial investigation, a call came in from the 2100 block of Barnett Street in Oxnard (map) alerting authorities to another possible burglary, according to police.
In the second incident, a man allegedly entered the residence through an open window and took a cellphone, the release stated. He fled after being confronted by the resident.
Police later arrested Luis Contreras, an Oxnard resident, in connection with both incidents, police said.
He was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of burglary and forcible sexual assault of a minor under the age of 14.
His bail has been set at $500,000.
Detectives were investigating similar crimes that have occurred in the area over the past year, police said. They were also searching for additional victims in other incidents related to the two cases that might not have been reported.
Anyone with information about possibly related crimes was urged to Oxnard police at 805-385-3921.
Anonymous tips can also be left through the violent crimes hotline at 805-982-7070 or by calling Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.