PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man is in custody after he entered two Phoenix homes and sexually abused a woman early Monday morning, according to police.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department said a man entered a home through the unlocked front door near 28th Street and Osborn Road around 4:30 a.m.

"I woke up to find a guy standing at the foot of my bed staring at me," said homeowner Gage Underhill.

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Underhill told Arizona's Family that he was awakened by one of his dogs when the incident occurred. 

Underhill later pulled out his handgun and confronted the man, later identified as Francisco Meza-Beltran, causing him to flee from the home.

"I am a retired military law enforcement officer," he said. "I always keep my handgun and so, I lit him up. and I told him that he needs to get out of there and he bolted."

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Underhill added that his daughter was inside the home at the time and told her to call 911. 

According to police, Meza-Beltran, 32, ran out the back door of Underhill's home and began hopping fences until he then entered another home nearby through another unlocked rear door.

Thompson said a woman inside woke up to find Meza-Beltran on top of her, sexually abusing her. She was able to fight him off and alert her son.

Meza-Beltran fled again, according to the police.

Officers were able to locate him in the neighborhood attempting to climb onto the roof of a third home.

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Thompson said Meza-Beltran is not known to the victims and it's unknown if the man lives in or near the neighborhood.

Thompson said investigators are trying to determine is Meza-Beltran is a repeat offender.

The investigation remains ongoing.

 


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