Thursday 17 October 2019

Young girls at sleepover fight off naked intruder who broke into California home and sexually assaulted them

Timothy Picard has been charged with assault with a minor, first-degree burglary and violating probation
( Clovis Police Department, via AP )
Timothy Picard has been charged with assault with a minor, first-degree burglary and violating probation ( Clovis Police Department, via AP )

Andrew Buncombe

Two young girls having a sleepover fought off a naked man who allegedly broke into their California home and sexually assaulted them.

Police praised the two girls from Fresno, 200 miles southeast of San Francisco, as they revealed a 26-year-old man who was on probation for stalking, had been arrested and charged over the incident.

Frenso police chief Matt Basgall said Timothy Picard had been arrested on Wednesday after investigators interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence, according the Associated Press.

The officer said of the girls: “I would like to commend these young ladies. They did everything right.”

He added: “The fact that this guy is on probation for doing something similar, it kind of makes your blood boil.”

The newspaper said the man had forced open a window into the room where the two friends were sleeping. He left through the same window after the girls fought him off.

Mr Picard has been charged with committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, first-degree burglary and violating probation.

It was not known whether he has a lawyer or has had an opportunity to yet enter a plea.

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