A 35-year-old Lubbock man was behind bars Thursday night, accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. Investigators tell NewsChannel 11 that Francisco Rodriguez is charged with burglary of a habitation, but they expect to add more.
Rodriguez is charged with burglary because he went into the victim's north Lubbock home without consent. By Thursday night, authorities were building a case for aggravated sexual assault. "She was in a vulnerable position, and this individual took advantage of that," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said.
The call came in around 4:00 p.m. Thursday. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, told her parents a man invaded their home, and attacked her. "He entered the house, obviously without consent, allegedly has committed a sexual assault; the victim is 12-years-old," Stevens said.
Police responded, and arrested 35-year-old Francisco Rodriguez a short-time later. Authorities say they arrested him at a home in the same area. "How well he was know to the victim we're not real sure; we don't at all think he was very well known to her, but she did know who the suspect was and was able to identify him very quickly. What we're understanding right now is that he was in the neighborhood visiting there," Stevens said.
Investigators collected bags of evidence while the victim was treated at Covenant Medical Center. Officers on the scene told NewsChannel 11 the little girl was very upset and traumatized.
Police expect Rodriguez to face more than the burglary of a habitation he's already charged with. "We do anticipate further charges, such as aggravated sexual assault to be coming relatively soon," Stevens said.
Captain Stevens says Rodriguez could face 5 to 99 years or life in prison if he's charged and convicted with aggravated sexual assault on a child. This investigation is still in the early stages.
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