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DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted May 20, 2013 - 4:54:17pm
An 18-year-old was charged with breaking into a teenaged girl's home early today, Monday, May 20, and trying to have sex with her, a Sheriff's spokesman said.
Eduardo Rodriguez was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where bond was set at $101,000, spokesman Gary Davidson said.
The incident happened shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, when the girl awoke to find a bandanna-wearing intruder in her bedroom, Davidson said. When the intruder lifted the girl's blanket and touched her, the victim grabbed his arm and called for her mother.
The two females tried to restrain the intruder. The struggle moved from the girl's bedroom to the living room and then to the kitchen. It was there that the suspect hit the mother and daughter and tried to climb out the kitchen window, knocking over a table, before getting out the front door and running into nearby woods, Davidson said.
Sometime during the struggle, the girl pulled the bandanna off the man's face and recognized him from school.
Davidson said the girl called 911 at 1:20 a.m. "I woke up, and I felt something," she said. "I felt him looking at me. I woke up, and he was right there."
She told 911 operators that she knew the intruder and that his name was Eduardo.
Responding deputies began an immediate search, and about an hour later a K-9 unit located Rodriguez running along railroad tracks near County Road 3 and took him into custody, Davison said.
The intruder's bandanna was found in the girl's bedroom, and his T-shirt was picked up in the kitchen, Davidson said.
At first, Rodriguez said he had been confused and thought he had gone to his own house and entered through a window because the door was locked. When he got to his bedroom, he said, he thought the girl in his bed was his younger sister, Davidson said. Rodriguez later changed his story and admitted going into the girl's home to have sex with her, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Rodriguez was charged with sexual battery, child abuse and burglary involving an assault and battery, Davidson said. As of Monday afternoon, Rodriguez remained in jail.
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