PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – An arrest has been made in connection to an "extremely brazen" burglary and “sexual offense” that happened at a Peoria home Wednesday around 8 a.m. in the neighborhood of 97th and Olive avenues.
Peoria police said detectives and SWAT arrested 22-year-old Eniefiok Akpanikat around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at a Peoria home in the area of 97th Avenue and Mission Lane.
According to police, Akpanikat knocked on the door of a home and told the woman who answered that he would walk her dogs. When she told him she does not have dogs, he offered to babysit.
The victim told officers Akpanikat then stepped inside and grabbed her. Police said that’s when he “committed a sexual offense," but they did not elaborate. Her sister in another part of the house reportedly heard the victim screaming for help. Akpanikat left, but the relative was able to snap photos as he walked away.
“It’s insane, honestly. I never thought someone so close to us could actually cause this much harm. Like, you see it on the news, but you don’t believe it could happen to you," said the sister, who didn't want to be identified.
Police deployed a K-9 and a drone to help officers search the neighborhood but came up empty, until now.
Akpanikat was processed at the Peoria Police Department before heading to Fourth Avenue Jail.
During his initial appearance in front of a judge, Akpanikat denied the charges against him and said he was afraid the victim was going to hit him because of what he's seen in professional wrestling.
“I watched an episode of Monday Night Raw and in this episode one girl got smacked by another girl," Akpanikat said during his initial appearance.
But according to court paperwork, Ring doorbell video caught Akpanikat trying the same ploy at a different house in the same neighborhood.
“Someone forcing their way into a home to physically assault, throw somebody to the ground, to do sex acts, is pretty rare," said Peoria Police Department spokesman Brandon Sheffert. "That’s pretty brazen, pretty aggressive, so we’re glad to be able to get him off the street very quickly."