PHOENIX – Phoenix Police arrested a man after he broke into two homes and attempted to sexually abuse a woman.
Police say Monday morning around 4:30 a.m. a 32-year-old man went into a home that had an unlocked front door near 28th Street and Osborn. The suspect has been identified by Phoenix Police officials as Francisco Meza-Beltran. He is held on charges of sexual abuse, kidnapping, assault, burglary, and trespassing.
Before the incident involving the woman, police officials said Meza-Beltran entered another home nearby through the unlocked back door. The 52-year-old homeowner confronted the man with a handgun, and he again ran out.
“My brain went through that whole thing,” said Gage Underhill. “Is it my daughter staring at me? Did my roommate come home early? And I figured out, ‘no. This is a bad guy.'”
Underhill, who spent 26 years in military law enforcement, wasted no time pulling his gun out of his nightstand.
“I lit him up and said, ‘you need to get the blank out of the house,'” said Underhill. “So that’s when he was staring down.”