Suspect changes plea in Chandler assault case

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

PHOENIX (AP) -- A homeless man accused of breaking into a Chandler home and attempting to sexually assault a sleeping woman has pleaded guilty in the case.
 
Maricopa County prosecutors say 20-year-old Francisco Antonio Moreno changed his plea at a hearing Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping, attempted sexual assault and armed robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17.
 
Moreno was arrested June 1 and pleaded not guilty in the case 16 days later.
 
Chandler 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 cellphone.
 
They struggled over the phone, during which time the victim's left wrist was cut by the hatchet.