Last updated 12/8/2006 at Noon
Detective Theresa Adams-Hydar of the Sheriff’s Fallbrook Substation reported Tuesday that her unit has arrested the individual responsible for the November 16 hot prowl (breaking in while the resident is home) and sexual assault on a young woman and is looking for a suspect relating to a rash of thefts made from late September until current by women performing housecleaning work in the community.
Juan Martinez, 23, of Fallbrook was arrested for the hot prowl incident November 16 on Alturas Road. Adams-Hydar says Martinez gained access to the locked apartment and approached the female resident, who was sleeping next to her 2-year-old baby.
“He grabbed her buttocks and crotch and tried to pull off her pants,” Adams-Hydar said. “When she began to scream, he ran off and she called the Sheriff’s Department.” Although her attacker was not known to her, the victim was able to make a positive ID of the suspect and the arrest was made on December 1.
“He has been charged with attempted rape, sexual assault and residential hot prowl,” Adams-Hydar said.
The more widespread problem Adams-Hydar is working on involves housecleaners, affiliated with an agency, who have been stealing from unsuspecting customers.
“We have suspects still outstanding,” Adams-Hydar said. “This involves a 30-year-old private housecleaning business in Fallbrook that hired some women who decided to go in and steal.”
The detective said she has been able to prove that some of the stolen items were offered for sale to third parties. The items that were taken include jewelry, high-dollar clothing and more.
“In some cases, they even stole household products,” Adams-Hydar said. The thefts began in late September and continued through the end of November.
“I have talked to four women who have been victims,” the detective said. “I told the owner of the [housecleaning] agency that she needs to do criminal history checks on the people she hires and she needs to ask for references. People do not want to do that because there is a cost associated with it.” In addition, she says, the customer must be equally careful.
“Lots of people leave housecleaners by themselves,” Adams-Hydar said. “I would not advise that with a brand new person you don’t know. Also, there should be areas that [housecleaners] aren’t allowed to enter.”
One of the suspects the Sheriff’s Department is looking for is a white female; age 45; approximately five feet, three inches tall; with blonde hair. She is known to reside in Fallbrook and has a history of theft.