An 18-year-old man is facing serious charges after being accused of breaking into a teenage girl's home. The girl claims the suspect is a former classmate.
It happened about 1:30 a.m. on Monday in Pierson. The girl called 911, begging for help, after finding who she first thought was a stranger inside her house.
Eduardo Rodriguez is accused of breaking into the house and standing over her bed as she slept, touching her leg.
The girl said the intruder had a bandana on his face. A Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman said she and her mother tried to stop the man from leaving.
"She had to try to hold and restrain him and pull down his bandana, so that she could get a good look at him and see who it was," said Gary Davidson. "When she did, she realized that she recognized him from school."
The girl told deputies the man under the bandana was Rodriguez, a former high school classmate. Davidson said Rodriguez first told deputies that he thought he was inside his own house.
"After we gave him some time to reflect on his story, then he did eventually come clean, " said Davidson. "He did admit that, in fact, he had gone there with the express intent of having sex with this girl."
During a first appearance on Monday morning, a judge said that touching the girl's leg is not probable cause for a sexual battery allegation which prompted Rodriguez's arrest. However, Rodriguez remains in the Volusia County Jail on a $52,000 bond.