ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN) — Two young girls were sexually assaulted by a man who broke into an Albany home in the early hours of Monday, Albany police said.
Shortly after 4 a.m., the children’s stepmother returned to the home in the 3200 block of SE Jackson Street and noticed the front door was open. The other parent was sleeping, police said, and the woman heard noises coming from the girls’ bedroom.
When she checked, she spotted a man in the room sexually assaulting both children, girls under 10, police said.
“The stepparent came home, the front door was open which was kind of shocking because the other parent was also in the home,” said Albany Police Capt. Brad Liles. “(The suspect) pushed passed her, ran out the door and left the scene.”
The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5-feet-7 with short blonde hair. He was wearing a blue shirt and black pants similar to sweatpants.
The stepmother did not recognize the man, police said.
The girls were take to the Samaritan Albany General Hospital for examination and to the child advocacy center, ABC House.
Sheridan Bailey lives in the neighborhood and said there are a lot of kids in the area.
“I’m not a parent but (this is) any parent or person who knows kids’ worst nightmare. I can’t even imagine,” Bailey said.
She is shocked and upset by the story and hopes getting the word out to the public will help catch the assaulter. In the meantime, she hopes parents will be on guard.
Capt. Liles said, “Having kids of my own, it’s extremely, extremely frightening.”
Though the children are physically alright, Liles said “the emotional trauma kids can go through is brutal.”
The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Department at 541.917.7686.
“They work very diligently in all cases but they’re all hands right now working this,” Liles said. “We don’t want anything further to occur.”