Sex Offender Allegedly Tried to Sexually Assault 2 Girls After Breaking Into San Bernardino Home

A registered sex offender was arrested after he allegedly broke into a San Bernardino family’s home and attempted to sexually assault two girls, police said Tuesday.

Derek Fowler is shown in a booking photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department.

Derek Fowler is shown in a booking photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department.

The incident occurred last Thursday shortly after 1 a.m. in the 1500 block of West Evans Street, according to a San Bernardino Police Department news release.

Officers were dispatched to the home after receiving a report of an intruder and found that several residents had detained the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Derek Lamont Fowler, the release stated.

Fowler allegedly entered the house through the bedroom window of two underage girls after going through the home’s rear yard.

“While in their room, Fowler attempted to sexually assault the females,” police said in the release.

The girls screamed, prompting family members to rush to their room, where they confronted Fowler, according to authorities.

The suspect was overpowered by the residents, who detained him until police arrived moments later; he was then taken into custody, the release stated.

A further investigation showed that Fowler was a sex registrant whose last known address was in Los Angeles, police said.  He had possibly been in the San Bernardino area living on the streets in the days prior to his arrest, police said.

“He has an extensive criminal history and had been released early on felony probation for his most recent conviction,” the release stated.

The suspect was booked on a number of charges, including burglary and assault with the intent to rape, according to inmate records. His first court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday.

Fowler was not known to the family, and police said they did not receive any additional calls regarding him.

Anyone with information about the suspect has been asked to call San Bernardino police Detective Vasilis at 909-384-5637 or Sgt. Birnbaum at 909-909-384-5659.