An illegal alien male is being accused of breaking into a New Jersey home and sexually assaulting a woman in her sleep. But it doesn’t stop there. He broke into another home on the same street weeks earlier, police said Friday.
Pedro Arias-Santiago, 26, was initially arrested just after midnight Wednesday after a 28-year-old woman said she woke up to find him sexually assaulting her in her sleep. She ran from the house and called police, who quickly arrested Arias-Santiago outside.
The news of the assault was widely published and on Thursday. This triggered another woman to come forward.
The second woman – a 19-year-old from Illinois – told police she was staying at the home on Birch Avenue around 5 a.m. on June 14 when Arias-Santiago came in through an unlocked door. She heard Arias-Santiago inside and confronted him, police said. Arias-Santiago fled the house but the woman did not file a report until this week.
There are several similarities between the two incidents – they both occurred on the 200 block of Birch Avenue and both times police believe Arias-Santiago entered the houses through an unlocked door. Both women told police they did not know Arias-Santiago before the burglaries.
Arias-Santiago is from Guatemala. He is here in the country illegally.
He is being held at Mercer County Correctional Center on a $200,000 bail. His bail hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
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