ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – 24-year-old Braden Harris was arrested Tuesday, accused of burglarizing an Abilene Sayles area home and attempting to sexually assault the home’s resident.
According to a press release from the Abilene Police Department (APD), officers were dispatched to Amarillo Street, off Sayles Boulevard, just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, after a resident reported that their home was entered and they were assaulted. The victim also said the suspect stole items and ran off.
This victim will remained unidentified due to the sensitive nature of the crime.
According to Harris’ arrest report, the victim was older than 65 years of age when they were in their backyard and saw Harris – who was unknown to the victim – jumping over the fence to get into their backyard. The victim made their way through the backyard but did so slowly because of a pre-existing injury.
Harris caught up to his victim and dragged them to the center of the house, thwarting their attempts to escape through their front door. He then removed his pants, exposing himself and attempted to sexually assault this victim numerous times.
The victim was able to fight Harris off by kicking and hitting him with an object. Reports said Harris eventually became frustrated with his victim, and continued on to burglarize their home.
Harris reportedly stole numerous items, including cell phones, underwear, shoes and more electronic items.
Searching the Sayles area, police located an Abilene man who matched the victim’s description of the suspect about 40 minutes after the crime was reported. He was then taken to the APD station for questioning.
Braden Harris, 24, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Burglary of Habitation with Intent to Commit a Sexual Offense. He was also charged with Second Degree Felony Burglary of Habitation for another home break-in reported earlier in the day.