A man was arrested over the weekend after two mothers thwarted separate attempted assaults on their daughters at an apartment complex in Fontana, police said Monday.
In the first incident, a man tried to persuade a young girl to let him in her residence when he knocked on a door in the 8000 block of Mango Avenue (map) at about 3:18 p.m. on Sunday, the Fontana Police Department stated in a news release.
As the man, later identified as 38-year-old Brandon Watkins of Fontana, tried to enter the location, but the girl's mother stopped him and he ran off, Martha Guzman-Hurtado of the Police Department said.
"There was knocking at my door and she went to answer it," Deserie Pedroza said of her 5-year-old daughter.
Just as the girl started to turn the knob, Pedroza ran over and stopped her.
Watkins was apparently trying to get children to open their doors by impersonating a police officer and even a children's TV character, police said.
"He was saying 'It's me Barney, your friendly neighbor,'" Pedroza said.
Watkins remained in the complex and later came across a 21-year-old woman with autism who was walking to the dumpster.
She tried to get away, but Watkins managed to grab her.
"He pinned me onto the neighbor's door, and he tried to pull my pants down," said Ashley Blevins.
That when her mother ran outside and rescued her.
Responding officers located a man matching the suspect's description and arrested Watkins, who was facing charges of attempted rape, kidnapping and burglary, according to the news release.
Anyone with information was asked to call the anonymous tip line at 909-350-TIPS or submit a tip at wetip.com.
KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this report.