By CHRISTIN COYNE
Parker County sheriff’s investigators say they arrested a man – in the U.S. illegally – who broke into a Springtown-area home early Saturday and molested a 9-year-old girl.
Deputies responded to a 911 call early Saturday morning where a 9-year-old girl reportedly told deputies she was awakened before 6 a.m. by a stranger who was fondling her crotch area as she and two brothers slept on a couch in the house.
The girl said the man, who spoke with a heavy Spanish accent and gave her instructions in broken English, motioned for her to follow him into a bedroom where he is believed to have entered the house.
However, the girl reportedly ran screaming into her parents’ bedroom in the opposite direction while the man reportedly left through the bedroom window he had initially used to enter the home.
When the girl’s parents immediately attempted to contact law enforcement, they noticed their cell phones and a laptop computer were missing, the sheriff’s office reported.
The girl’s mother reportedly drove to a nearby convenience store where she called 911.
Deputies traced a set of footprints outside the house to a neighbor’s home on Spring Valley Court where the suspect, 35-year-old Israel Andrade, had reportedly been visiting the prior evening.
There, investigators identified Andrade as a possible suspect and located him asleep in a relative’s home on Alta Vista Street, about a mile away, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies found Andrade sleeping atop three cell phones. When a deputy rang one of the stolen cell phone numbers, one of the phones on the bed rang and displayed the deputy’s phone number, according to the sheriff’s office.
At the Alta Vista address, investigators who executed a search warrant reportedly found a pair of tennis shoes matching the tread of the footprints outside the girl’s home and two pairs of child’s panties wrapped inside a pair of Andrade’s jeans.