Public Safety

Marion woman reports waking up to man cutting off her jeans

Can you imagine a scarier way to wake up?

A Marion woman told police over the weekend that she was woken up by a man in her apartment, cutting off her jeans while she slept.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman told Marion police she was sleeping on her couch in her apartment Sunday, in the 100 block of Southview Drive, when she was awakened by a man in her apartment who was later identified as Alex B. Matom De Paz, 21.

Police said De Paz, of Marion, had forced his way into the woman’s apartment, causing about $300 worth of damage. He saw her sleeping on the couch and started cutting off her pants.

Police said it is unclear what the suspect’s plan or intent was, but investigators believe De Paz may have intended to sexually assault the woman.

When the woman awoke, police said she screamed and De Paz ran off.

De Paz was in an upstairs apartment about eight hours later, where he was taken into custody, police said.

Police said De Paz and the woman live in the same apartment building. The woman as well as witnesses told police they had seen him in the building before.

De Paz faces charges of second-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

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