Police search for man who snuck into teenage girl's room while she was asleep
PASCO, Wash. - Pasco police are looking for a man who snuck into a home early this morning and tried to assault a teenage girl while she was asleep.
Around 5:45 a.m. Monday, Pasco police responded to a 911 call from the 1700 block of N 17th Ave.
A family said an unknown man went into their teenage daughter's room and licked her.
Action News talked to the family, and they said they're very shaken up by the intruder. They felt scared and violated to wake up to find a man in their home.
The girl told Action News she was asleep when she woke up to see a man creepily crouching over her.
She said she screamed to her mom, "There's a man in the house! There's a man in the house!"
The mother said that's when the man ran and they heard the front door slam.
Pasco police arrived minutes later.
"We set up containment in an effort to corral the suspect,” Sgt. Scott Warren said. “We brought K-9 in, but unfortunately we weren't able to find the suspect."
Police and the family said they believe the man entered the house through the unlocked front door. The family wants the neighborhood to be aware that this man is in their area.
The family said their door is normally always locked, but it only takes one mistake for something to happen.
Neighbors are also in shock of the news.
"I was pretty surprised honestly because nothing like that has ever happened here," said Mario Alvarado, a neighbor on the block.
Alvarado grew up in the area and he's always thought of it as a safe place.
"That's something everyone should know to lock their doors when they go to bed, and now this block should know that it’s not safe to leave your house open," he said.
Police also urge everyone to keep all doors and windows locked for safety.
"Take that opportunity away from someone letting you be that victim," Warren said.
With this man on the loose, Pasco police still need help identifying the suspect.
"My biggest focus at this point is that we have to find out who it was, we have to catch him because it's only going to perpetuate into the next level if we don’t get this individual in custody," Warren said.
The investigation is on-going and detectives are working on all leads.
Since it was dark, it was hard for the girl to get a good description of the man, but he’s described as Hispanic man, with bushy eyebrows between 20-30 years old, and wearing a blue hoodie and light pants.
Anyone with information please call Pasco police 545-3421, and reference PPD case number #17-50879.