A 34-year-old Bibb County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after jurors convicted him of breaking into a mobile home and following two young children through locked doors.
Victor Perez, also known as Jesus Cruz, went onto the porch of a trailer at Hill-N-Dale Mobile Home Park, off Thomaston Road, on Oct. 29. An 11-year-old girl had stayed home sick from school and was home alone with her 4-year-old brother. The childrens older siblings were at work and school, their mother was running errands and their stepfather was at work, said Neil Halvorson, a Bibb County prosecutor.
The girl was on the phone with her mother about 11:50 a.m. when she saw Perez on the porch. She took a photo of the man and then followed her mothers instructions to go into a bathroom at the back of the trailer and lock the doors to the rooms leading to the bathroom, Halvorson said.
Perez broke a window and then forced his way through two locked doors. He was grabbing at the girl who was cowering, protecting her brother, when the childrens mother returned home, he said.
Hearing the mother honking a car horn and yelling, Perez left and went home to his neighboring trailer. The childrens stepfather, who had noticed Perez about 6 a.m. looking into the bedroom the girl shared with her 15-year-old sister, recognized the cellphone photo the girl had taken of her attacker, Halvorson said.
The stepfather confronted and fought with Perez. Deputies arrived and Perez fought with a deputy, he said.
Testimony presented during a two-day trial showed Perez had been watching the 15-year-old girl and on one occasion had followed her home from a bus stop, making inappropriate comments, Halvorson said.
Authorities think Perez broke into the trailer with the intent to harm the children in some way, causing cruel or extreme mental pain, he said.
Jurors found Perez guilty of burglary and misdemeanor obstruction on Tuesday, Halvorson said.
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