PD: Man with hatchet breaks into Chandler home, attempts sexual assault

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Francisco Antonio Moreno By Jennifer Thomas Francisco Antonio Moreno By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A homeless man with a hatchet is accused of breaking into a Chandler home and attempting to sexually assault a female who was sleeping Saturday morning.

Francisco Antonio Moreno, 19, was arrested on one count each of burglary, attempted sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and preventing the use of a telephone in an emergency.

According to court documents, the victim was awakened by a man she didn't know pulling her pants down. The victim struggled with the man, kicking and hitting him. She also yelled for her father, who was not home.

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

The documents show that the suspect told the victim he had been homeless for 20 days, is addicted to drugs, likes sex and has two warrants.

He eventually fled the home with the phone and hatchet after taking a can of Sprite from the refrigerator.

Police responded to the home near McQueen Road and Chandler Boulevard and found that the screen on the carport door had been cut and the window was open.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 145 pounds, having short brown hair, brown eyes, a mustache and a goatee. He also had moles on his right cheek and neck. He was wearing a white T-shirt, khaki pants, thin cloth belt with a metal tip and white Puma tennis shoes.

Two witnesses told police that they saw a male carrying a can of Sprite in the area of the victim's home.

According to the court paperwork, police located the victim's cellphone buried underneath some weeds and debris in a nearby alley. They watched the area and saw a male matching the suspect description start digging through the debris. Officers attempted to make contact with the male, but he fled on foot.

He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit and identified as Moreno.

The victim was shown a photographic lineup and identified Moreno as her attacker.

In an interview with police, Moreno reportedly admitted to bringing the hatchet into the home for protection against dogs or people.

According to the court papers, he said he intended to look around and take some things from inside the home when he found the victim sleeping and decided he was going to sexually assault her. He said things changed when she started to resist. He also said he did not mean to cut the victim with the hatchet and was sorry for the injury.

Moreno reportedly told police that he had stayed the previous night in an adjacent house where he spread pornographic material throughout. According to the documents, Moreno said he believed the material contributed to his decision to try and sexually assault the victim.

Moreno told police that he had placed the hatchet in some bushes near a canal by the San Marcos Hotel, but they were not able to find it.

Court documents show Moreno was on probation for drug offenses.

Moreno is being held on $108,000 bond.