Girl sexually assaulted in her bedroom by an intruder while her parents were sleeping: police

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A 35-year-old man was arrested this week after he allegedly snuck into a California home and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl for hours in her bedroom while her parents slept in another room, threatening to kill the girl if she did. noise, according to local police.

Marcos Maldonado was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, the Culver City Police Department (CCPD) confirmed. news week in an email on Saturday.

Maldonado was identified as the suspect through DNA evidence and arrested on Interstate 5 after leaving a hotel in downtown Los Angeles and boarding a bus headed toward Bakersfield, California.

Home Intruder Girl Sexually Assaulted In The Bedroom
Marcos Maldonado, 35, faces charges after allegedly breaking into a California home and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in her bedroom while her parents slept and threatening to kill the girl if she screamed, according to local police.
Culver City Police Department

CCPD spokesperson Jennifer Atenza said news week that Maldonado was staying at a downtown Los Angeles hotel before the arrest and that detectives have not determined his primary residence.

Maldonado’s arrest comes more than a month after CCPD officers received a report of a sexual assault and home invasion at a residence in the Blair Hills community of Culver City, California, which is about 10 miles west of Los Angeles, according to the department.

At around 7:45 a.m. on December 2, 2023, CCPD officers were called to the home where they spoke with the victim, a 12-year-old girl, and her parents, who said that a man, later identified as Maldonado, entered the house. and “committed a sexual assault” on the girl before leaving the residence on foot hours later, police said in an online statement.

Culver City Police Officers immediately searched the area for witnesses and additional evidence and recovered video showing the suspect leaving the area. Despite video evidence, Maldonado managed to evade authorities until Thursday, police said.

“Since the day this crime occurred, detectives have worked tirelessly to identify and locate the suspect involved,” CCPD said in a statement Friday announcing his arrest.

Investigators determined that Maldonado had entered the home through an unlocked balcony door sometime between 2 and 3 a.m. and assaulted the victim in her bedroom before leaving around 7 a.m. through the front door. .

The parents of the 12-year-old girl told local station KTLA that their daughter woke them up that morning and immediately told them they should call 911. The victim’s mother, Alexis, who was only identified by her first name to protect the privacy of the family, he said in an interview with the station.

“She came to wake me up and straight up said, ‘Mom, I need to call the police,'” Alexis said.

The parents also told the station that Maldonado told her daughter there was “a shooter at her window” and threatened to kill her if she screamed.

“Safe neighborhoods apparently aren’t that safe either,” the mother said. “So get together, talk to your kids, have that communication and get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood because we believe we were under surveillance.”

Barry, the girl’s father, agreed and said he believed the suspect was watching the family before sneaking into the house while the family was sleeping to attack his daughter.

“We think he came in through the balcony at the back of the house, through the grandparents’ bedroom,” Barry said. “The door was left open and we think it was midnight and he must have snuck in.”

Atenza said there is no current evidence to show there were any prior connections between the victim and the suspect. He also said that as of Saturday the CCPD had not received any reports of additional crimes of this nature in the Culver City area, but said the department is “collaborating with other law enforcement agencies to identify additional victims.”

“We encourage the public to contact the Culver City Police Department immediately if they have any information regarding additional crimes that this suspect may be connected to,” he said. news week. “We thank the Culver City community for the continued support of the dedicated men and women of the Culver City Police Department who have worked tirelessly to solve this case. We are now focused on seeking justice for the victim through successful prosecution .of this suspect.”

Atenza said news week that he could not provide further details “due to the extremely sensitive nature of this crime.” He said the investigation is ongoing.

Maldonado is being held in the CCPD jail on $1.25 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment on Monday.