Teenaged illegal immigrant denies role in string of sex assaults
10:46 AM CDT on Monday, May 28, 2007
HOUSTON -- An 18-year-old illegal immigrant denied he committed a string of attacks on females on the city’s north side, though police said his fingerprints were found where two of the crimes occurred.
Edgar San Miguel, who is from Mexico, was arrested May 20 and charged with burglary with intent to commit sexual assault. He was being held in the Harris County jail on $100,000 bail.
In a jailhouse interview with the Houston Chronicle on Saturday, San Miguel denied being the predator who Houston police said is believed to have entered at least 10 homes. In many cases, police said the attacker climbed into bed with girls or women and masturbated while fondling them.
Police lifted San Miguel’s fingerprints from windows at the home where the first attack allegedly occurred on Jan. 13 and from the home of another attack on May 18, said investigator Pedro Moreno of the homicide division’s sex crimes unit.
Three attacks have occurred since San Miguel’s arrest, and appear unrelated to the other incidents, Moreno said. Moreno said San Miguel has refused to answer questions about other cases.
Police have collected DNA samples from some of the incidents and are investigating whether they are connected or might be the work of copycats, Moreno said.
San Miguel admitted in the interview with the newspaper that he broke into the first home, but he said he did not try to assault the 24-year-old woman who lives there.
The woman has identified San Miguel as her attacker.
She said she was awakened that night by a friend who needed a
ride home. When she returned about 2:30 a.m., her attacker jumped out from behind her kitchen table, she said.
The woman said the attacker appeared drunk, spouted vulgarities at her in Spanish and threw her to the floor and onto a coffee table while trying to take off her clothes. After she fought off the attacker and jumped over her couch, he ran away, she said.
The woman said she saw San Miguel on May 20 as he walked along a nearby street. She called police and identified him as the attacker, and he was arrested.