A California man was arrested Wednesday, days after he allegedly broke into a bedroom naked and molested two 10-year-old girls.
Timothy Picard, 26, was charged with lewd acts with a minor under 14 and a probation violation in connection with Sunday’s incident at a home in Clovis. Picard broke into a bedroom where a 10-year-old girl and her friend were sleeping, according to KFSN.
The girls reportedly woke up to a naked Picard touching them inappropriately, leading them to fight him off until he fled through the same window he used to break in. The news station reported that they then alerted adults in the home, who called police at around 12:30 a.m.
According to the Fresno Bee, police recovered clothes and fingerprints from the scene and claimed that Picard might’ve been under the influence at the time of the incident. However, they couldn’t confirm whether alcohol or drugs played a role since they arrested Picard days later.
Clovis police chief Matthew Basgall said Picard has prior arrests for stalking and burglary and is currently on probation for a 2017 arrest in Fresno.
“Once they were able to get their bearing and realize what was happening they fought. They fought this person back. Immediately went to a parent, called 911. There two little girls are heroes,” Basgall said of the two girls, according to YourCentralValley.com.
Police alleged that Picard was familiar with the Clovis neighborhood. KFSA reportedly police and the California Highway Patrol took him into custody on Wednesday, after days of interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence related to last weekend’s attack.
Clovis police are reportedly working with the Fresno District Attorney’s office on this case. YourCentralValley.com reported that they’re also working with other agencies to determine whether Picard committed crimes elsewhere.
[Featured image: Timothy Picard/Clovis Police Department]