Walter Adalberto Campos Cruz of Oakland Park, Florida has been arrested after allegedly breaking into a woman’s house and attempting to sexually assault her while she was sleeping. Cruz, 36, faces burglary and sexual assault charges. He had his first-appearance court session last Tuesday and the presiding judge ordered that he be held without bond. It is unclear if Cruz has acquired legal representation.
According to the arrest report, Cruz purportedly broke into the victim’s Commercial Blvd. home in Oakland Park at around 2 a.m. on June 6. He reportedly entered the home through the back door and made his way to the bedroom. The victim, who has not been named by news sources, allegedly woke up to find Cruz lying on top of her. She claims to have screamed at him to get off of her and leave her house, but Cruz reportedly didn’t move and attempted to kiss her neck.
Despite his alleged repeated attempts to sexually assault her, the victim managed to push Cruz off of her by punching him in the face. She then reportedly chased him out of her home and locked the back door before calling 911.
The victim told deputies from Broward Sheriff’s Office that she managed to get a good look at the perpetrator before she punched him and forced him off her property. She told police that she believed that her neighbor, Walter Cruz, had attacked her. She later positively identified him after his arrest.
Deputies found Cruz in his nearby apartment and when questioned, he allegedly admitted to watching the victim sleep for five to ten minutes. The arrest report states that Cruz later changed his story and said he watched the victim for less than five minutes and never laid a hand on her. Police also claim that Cruz said the victim did not yell at him to leave her home, even though he was not told during questioning that she had said anything about yelling at the victim.
Cruz allegedly told police that he knew they would arrest him, but he thought he would only be charged with trespassing. It appears Cruz did not expect a sexual assault charge, but he consented to giving police a DNA sample for testing.