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Hatchet wielding man breaks into Chandler home; attempts sexual assault

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Francisco Moreno Francisco Moreno
CHANDLER, Ariz. -

A homeless man is accused of breaking into a home and attempting to sexually assault a woman.

Police say this happened on Saturday around 8:50 a.m.

According to the police report, the began to fight back by hitting and kicking the suspect -- who then grabbed a hatchet -- an item which was not in the home prior to the suspect's arrival.

When the victim grabbed her cell phone, she sustained a laceration to her wrist when the suspect took it.

Authorities say the victim pleaded with the suspect to leave, saying she would not call the police.

The suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Francisco Moreno, then told the victim he has been homeless for 20 days, is addicted to drugs, likes sex and had two warrants, according to the report.

When the victim asked Moreno for her phone, he refused, saying she was going to take a picture of him.

Police say Moreno eventually left the home after taking a can of Sprite soda from the refrigerator, the victim's phone and the hatchet.

During the investigation, police discovered that the screen on the home's carport door was cut and the window was open.  They also interviewed two people in the area who witnessed a male carrying a can of Sprite near the victim's home.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 18 - 20 years old, having short brown hair, brown eyes, 5' 6" to 5' 7" and about 145 pounds, with a mustache and goatee, moles on his cheek and neck.  He was wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants, white Puma tennis shoes and a cloth belt.

Police found the victim's phone buried under some weeds in a nearby alley in the area of McQueen Road and Chandler Boulevard.  That's where officers also observed the suspect digging through debris. When they attempted to approach him, he fled the area.

The officers caught up to Moreno after a short pursuit and were able to identify him as the suspect due to the strong resemblance he bore to the description and composite sketch completed by the victim.

In an interview with investigators, Moreno admitted to bringing the hatchet in the home "for protection against dogs or people," according to the report.  He also admitted to cutting the home's screen to force the window open in order to gain entry and intending to take items.

Moreno stated that he found the victim sleeping and decided to sexually assault her, but things changed when she started to resist.  He went on to say after spending the previous night spreading pornographic material throughout a nearby home, that may have contributed to his decision of attempting to assault the victim. 

He told police he was sorry for the victim's injury and admitted the victim was constantly trying to calm him down.

Moreno was taken into custody for burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, robbery and preventing phone use in an emergency.

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