Suspect in Chandler attempted sexual assault, burglary pleads not guilty

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

PHOENIX -- A homeless man accused of breaking into a Chandler home and attempted to sexually assault a female pleaded not guilty in the case.

Francisco Antonio Moreno, 19, entered the plea Monday morning.

Moreno was arrested for six counts, including aggravated assault, attempted sexual assault and burglary.

According to court documents, Moreno had a hatchet with him when he allegedly broke into the home near McQueen Road and Chandler Boulevard on June 1.

The victim told police she was awakened by a man she didn't know pulling her pants down. She said she kicked and hit him.

The suspect reportedly grabbed a hatchet that he had placed on a nightstand near the bed as the victim reached for her cellphone. Her left wrist was cut by the hatchet while they struggled over the cellphone.

Moreno reportedly took a Sprite from the refrigerator and fled the home.

Police found the phone buried underneath some weeds and debris in a nearby alley. Officers apprehended Moreno after seeing him digging through the debris.

His next court date is July 30.