A Pennsylvania man is facing criminal charges for allegedly snatching a 4-year-old girl from her home in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting her.
According to the WPVI, prosecutors said Humberto Guzman-Garcia, 35, knocked on the door of the victim’s Avondale apartment at around 3:30 a.m. on June 10. The girl slightly opened the door, allegedly leading Guzan-Garcia to flip the top latch and abduct her as her parents slept.
The girl’s parents realized the child was missing and searched the home and nearby property. While outside, the girl’s father spotted Guzman-Garcia behind a shed. The Philly Voice reported that Guzman-Garcia was seen holding the victim down with his pants unbuckled before he fled the scene.
The father was tending to his daughter when he said he noticed that her underwear had been taken off and discarded on the ground. Guzman-Garcia was found in an abandoned car shortly after the incident. The father positively identified him as his daughter’s attacker, WPVI wrote.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Guzman-Garcia is a complete stranger to the victim and her family. In fact, the 4-year-old reportedly told investigators, “A monster took me.”
“This crime is every parent’s nightmare,” Hogan said.
“A monster comes out of the night, abducts your child and sexually assaults her. This is proof that evil exists in this world.”
A neighbor who lives in the same apartment complex told the news station that Guzman-Garcia knocked on their door two hours before the June 10 incident.
“About 1:00 he was messing with the door handle to my apartment, and I happened to look out the peephole and I seen him,” resident Dawn Clark recalled. “You could see he was drunk, and he just left.”
Guzman-Garcia is charged with kidnapping, aggravated indecent assault, attempted rape, and related charges. Due to his “bold and brazen” behavior, the District Attorney said they believe there are more victims.
[Featured image: Humberto Guzman-Garcia/Chester County District Attorney’s Office]