A brave dad tackled and duct-taped a person who is listed on the sex offense registry who broke into a California home and exposed himself in front of his sleeping 5-year-old daughter, according to a new report.
The man started creeping around outside the home in Grayson around 5 a.m. Tuesday, KOVR reported.
“He went and knocked the door, he tried to open the door, peeking through the window, trying to see and he was showing his private parts around the windows,” said the little girl’s sister, Ceci Ramirez, translating for her mother, Martha Zepeda.
He repeatedly said “I love you” as he touched himself, according to Ramirez.
The girls’ father warned the man to leave — to no avail. The family learned the man — identified by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office as 39-year-old Diaz — had broken the screen of the kitchen window and entered the home, according to the report.
At some point, Diaz entered the little girl’s room.
“The man turned on the lights and that’s when my sister woke up and she got scared,” Ramirez told the outlet.
But then the girls’ father jumped into action — tackling Diaz and pulling him out of the house.
Security footage obtained by KOVR shows the family outside as he pinned Diaz down. He can be heard duct-taping Diaz to keep him from fleeing as they called 911.
Diaz was arrested and hit with charges including child endangerment, peeping and prowling, the local outlet reported, citing the sheriff’s office.
He was previously convicted of assault with intent to commit rape in 2009 and released in 2018, according to California’s Megan’s Law website.
Ramirez told the local station she is proud of her father for protecting the family — but is fearful after the incident.
Security footage obtained by KOVR shows the family outside as he pinned Diaz down.
“I was pretty scared because I thought the man would’ve taken and kidnapped [my sister],” she said.
Zepeda said her younger daughter is afraid but otherwise OK.
A next-door neighbor who only gave her first name, Erica, said she is also concerned.
“We’re girls and we didn’t know if it was going to happen to us,” she told the station. “It could’ve been us.”