WILSONVILLE, Ore. – A burglar broke into a Wilsonville family’s home through the window of their sleeping 11-year-old daughter’s bedroom early Sunday morning.
The suspected burglar, 31-year-old Jesse Williams, removed an air conditioning unit from the girl’s bedroom window and broke in just before 6 a.m., said Deputy Mark Nikolai with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl woke up and saw Williams in her bedroom, so she ran to her parents’ room to let them know a man was in her room, Nikolai said.
"My daughter pounded on the door saying that there was a strange man laying in the bedroom, in the toddler's bed," said homeowner Christopher Rothaug.
He said he confronted Williams and told him to get out.
"There's really no way to describe finding a complete stranger in the house when you've been dead asleep," Rothaug said. He added that their toddler happened to have been sleeping with him that night.
Police found Williams a quarter of a mile away and arrested him for burglary. Williams had no relation to the victims.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office warns families to make sure air conditioning units are secure to prevent criminals from breaking in during hot months. Criminals often look for easy ways to get into homes and open windows make for easy targets.