A search is on in Colorado Springs for a man who allegedly climbed through the bedroom window of a nine-year-old girl and attempted to sexually assault her.
The suspect reportedly pulled down the child's underwear before her screams alerted her parents and caused him to flee.
Both the man's approach to the home and his rapid retreat were caught on surveillance video — and while its quality makes identifying him difficult, the images, as seen in clips shared by the Colorado Springs Police Department and on view here, are undeniably disturbing.
The incident took place at about 2 a.m. on Monday, November 16, according to the CSPD, in the Canyon Ridge Mobile Home Park, located at 5150 Airport Road in the Springs.
The girl is said to have been awakened by a knock on her bedroom window.
The window was gapped slightly for better circulation — but the small amount it was open allowed the man to raise it entirely and climb into the room.
Once inside, the man is said to have asked the girl her name.
Then he tried to pull down her underwear, the CSPD maintains — although her father told 7News that he actually managed to do so.
The girl responded by screaming.
The man issued a threat about the noise the girl was making, but she didn't stop, and as her father raced to the bedroom, the suspect ran to a vehicle and fled the scene.
His ride is described as a light-colored mini-van — possibly a Ford or a Mercury.
Here's a surveillance image of the mini-van.
Unfortunately, the license plate is obscured in the image.
Likewise, footage of the man approaching the mobile home and then fleeing it moments later is also indistinct.
However, the images certainly support the family's version of events.
Here's the clip of the man walking to the mobile home, as seen on the Colorado Springs Police Department Facebook page....
This is a video capture of the suspect from the incident under investigation: attempted Sexual Assault on a Child.Posted by Colorado Springs Police Department on Monday, November 16, 2015
...followed by a shot of him running away.
Here is another video of suspect in connection with attempted sexual-assault-on-a-child investigation.Posted by Colorado Springs Police Department on Monday, November 16, 2015
This scenario is eerily similar to one that played out in Aurora in October 2013.
As we reported at the time, Aurora police officers were dispatched to a home on the 1600 block of Hanover Street.
There, officers believed, a man removed a screen and opened an unlocked window of a bedroom occupied by an eight-year-old girl. He was then thought to have reached inside, grabbed the girl and pulled her into the alley behind the structure.
At that point, the girl screamed, alerting her father. He responded by running out of the residence just as his daughter was sprinting back to the house — and in the alley, he saw a man drive away in what was originally described as a silver or gray BMW, but was subsequently ID'd a Mercedes.
In the end, a man named John Snorsky was arrested and convicted in the incident.
This time around, the suspect is described as a white male, with a medium to heavy build.
He's bald with facial hair on his chin.
At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black shirt with a red, circular logo and unidentified writing.
If you have any information about this case, you're encouraged to contact the CSPD at 719-444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).
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Here's a 7News report about the incident.