Longmont Police Trying to Piece Together Why Man Entered Stranger’s Home, Sexually Assaulted Child
Longmont police are trying to piece together the motive behind why a man broke into a stranger’s before dawn Tuesday morning and sexually assaulted a child once inside.
Rodrigo Ignacio Albarran-Estrada, 33, also known as Julio Carra, entered an unlocked door at a residence in the 100 block of Snowmass Place shortly before 4 a.m., according to police. He did not know the people who lived inside — and was naked when he fled, police said.
The juvenile he assaulted was taken to a “medical facility,” according to Sgt. Matthew Cage. He would not specify the age of the juvenile or say whether the juvenile is a girl or a boy.
When asked why Albarran-Estrada chose to enter this residence, Cage said, “I would tell you if we had anything, but at this point we haven’t put anything together.
″(...) I would say we don’t have very many of these types of incidents,” he added. “They’re very rare and they’re very scary, so we really wanted to get this guy off the streets.”
Police are looking into the possibility that drugs or alcohol were involved before the incident took place, but they do not have any direct evidence at this time. Albarran-Estrada was arrested about 14 hours after the assault, making it difficult to piece together the narrative of what happened, Cage said.
“At this point, we don’t have much to go on,” he said.
Police won’t confirm how they identified the suspect relatively early on in the case Tuesday morning.
Longmont police received a call as the incident was unfolding, Cage said, and patrol officers quickly secured the area in an effort to catch Albarran-Estrada.
“He got farther away quicker than we could set it up,” he said.
After spending hours looking for Albarran-Estrada in Longmont, police stopped the search to instead try to locate him with intelligence.
He was found at a residence in Thornton shortly before 6 p.m. Police are trying to determine his connection to that residence, Cage said, but initially it appears that he knew the home’s occupants.
According to Cage, police could not find a permanent address for Albarran-Estrada and have been unable to determine whether he is a transient. They also don’t know if he is from Longmont, but they have some history with him, Cage said. Albarran-Estrada received a traffic citation in Longmont last year, he said.
According to Colorado courts records, Albarran-Estrada does not appear to have a criminal history in the state, but a woman filed for a domestic abuse-related protection order against him in Arapahoe County in 2011.
Albarran-Estrada is being held on a no-bond warrant at the Boulder County Jail. He will make his first appearance in court at 1:30 p.m. today.
Cage said that residents should be vigilant and know their neighborhoods.
“Lock your doors, your car doors, your garage doors, your house door,” he said. “Don’t go to sleep with your windows open.”
He also said that people can invest in crime deterrents for their home for added safety, such as alarm systems, motion lights or dogs.
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