Break-In, Fondling Lead to Man's Arrest

An 18-year-old woman awoke Sunday morning to find a burglar sitting on her bedroom floor and touching her through the blankets, Sgt. Jim Perry said.

The victim was able to escape unharmed and police later arrested 19-year-old Eric James Ramirez of Santa Ana in connection with the incident.

Police said the suspect had climbed into the home in the 18300 block of Tamarind Street close to 4 a.m. after removing a bathroom window screen, Perry said.

The intruder then entered the bedroom and woke the young woman, who ran out of the room to call authorities.

Police responded at 4:30 a.m. and found Ramirez trying to hide in a bathtub.

Ramirez was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary. Bail was set at $10,000, Perry said.

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