The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on February 22 in San Bernardino, authorities said.
One of the people sleeping at the time said he may not even have known what had happened. But Rachel Sandoval said she saw the surveillance video from inside the apartment, there was no doubt about what happened.
“When my husband showed me the tape he was watching us sleeping, he shook me to the depths,” Sandoval said. “It was horrible.”
Police investigators said the intruder gained access to the apartment by removing an air conditioning unit that was attached to one of the windows. He entered through a room that was usually occupied by Sandoval’s 3-year-old child who needed 24-7 days for the help of a nurse.
But because the child was sick, they slept in the living room.
“I feel that this was a good thing that happened because the guy came in through his bedroom window,” Sandoval said.
The surveillance video shows the suspect leaving the apartment through the front door. But for some reason, he turned and came back. When he tried to get back inside, the nurse woke up and met him at the door.
“Then the nurse noticed him and said, ‘What are you doing?’ And he said, “Lock your door, it’s not safe.” And he says, “Oh, okay.”
Sandoval said their nurse did not think of anything at the time. As soon as he watched the surveillance video in the morning he realized that the suspect was already inside the apartment.
Police said DNA evidence led them to the suspect, who was later arrested.
“It’s amazing, the sheer scale of the suspect’s actions,” said the San Bernardino police captain. Equino Thomas. “There is a possibility that he has committed this crime in the past, we are investigating.
“We ask if there are victims out there who have not reported it and believe they have been the victim of a crime like this, please contact the investigators.”
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