Homeless man arraigned in Chandler assault case - Tucson News Now

Homeless man arraigned in Chandler assault case

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Francisco Moreno (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Francisco Moreno (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Moreno has been ordered held on $108,000 bond. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Moreno has been ordered held on $108,000 bond. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A hatchet-carrying homeless man is accused of breaking into a Chandler home and attempting to sexually assault a female who was sleeping.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 19-year-old Francisco Antonio Moreno was ordered held on $108,000 bond after his court appearance Monday.

Moreno was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of burglary, attempted sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and preventing the use of a telephone in an emergency.

Police say the victim was awakened by a man she didn't know pulling her pants down.

The man allegedly grabbed a hatchet that he had placed on a nightstand near the bed as the victim grabbed her cell phone. They struggled over the phone, during which time the victim's left wrist was cut by the hatchet.

The suspect then fled.

During the course of the investigation, police located the victim's cell phone buried underneath some weeds and debris in the alley located behind 230 N. Monte Vista in Chandler, a short distance from the victim's home, according to a court document. 

Police watched the area where the cell phone was located and observed a man matching the suspect approach the area where the phone was recovered. He started digging through the debris, stood up and then began to dig again, according to a probable cause statement.

As police moved in, the man fled on foot. He was apprehended after a short pursuit.

During a police interview, Moreno admitted that he had to cut the screen so he could force open the window and unlock the door to gain entry to the woman's home. He admitted he intended to look around and take some things from inside the house, but once he found the victim sleeping, he said he decided he was going to sexually assault her, police said. 

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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