LMPD: Neighbor groped victim during break-in
Police say the suspect matched the description given by the victim during a 911 call.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have arrested a man after authorities say he groped his neighbor during a break in.
Roderick Hayes, 24, was arrested Saturday in the 2000 block of Dumesnil Street, near South 22nd Street.
According to an arrest report, police were dispatched to a residence on a call about a break-in in progress.
Authorities say when officers arrived, they could hear sounds coming from the back of the residence. Officers went to investigate and located Hayes.
Police say Hayes matched the description given by the victim during a 911 call. According to police, the victim stated that her phone had been stolen from her home and gave a description to police.
Investigators say when police were speaking with Hayes, an officer observed Hayes take a cell phone from his pocket and place it inside his back door.
Officials say an officer went with Hayes to get his ID from inside his home, at which time the officer saw the cell phone described by the victim.
According to police, a flat head screwdriver was found inside Hayes' front left pants pocket.
Authorities say when police spoke with the victim, she said "she woke up to listed subject touching her and groping her rear end." Police say the victim also stated she grabbed Hayes' hat off his head and recognized him as her neighbor.
Officials say the victim stated that Hayes ran out her front door and she noticed her phone was missing.
Police walked through the victim's home and saw an open back window with damage and pry marks consistent with the screwdriver that was found in Hayes' pocket.
According to police, the victim's phone was found, but sustained water damage when Hayes' tried to get rid of it.
Hayes is charged with first-degree burglary, possession of a burglary tool and third-degree sexual abuse.
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