Intruder accosts young girls in their own bedroom; deputies conduct search

So far investigators are not connecting this case to the Celis disappearance

CREATED Apr 30, 2012

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  • Detectives searched the neighborhood, adjoining desert, and are interviewing registered sex offenders within a wide radius of the home.

  • The home backs to a wide open section of desert which investigators walked Monday.

Reporter: Aaron Brackett

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A family vacation that brought three sisters and their mother to Tucson turned into a case of sexual assault Monday morning.

Just after 2:00a.m., Pima Sheriff's Department Deputy Richard Kastigar says a man entered the home of the girls' grandparents and molested at least one of the girls, ages 6, 8 and 10.

"Based on the discussions with these young ladies, we have interviewed them in what we call a forensic manner, the consistencies that exist with their stories really establish a very credible story here," said Kastigar.

A crime made that much worse because of what happened to another little girl, Isabel Celis.

"Obviously we are concerned, and given the state of alert and concern that exists in this community surrounding the missing 6 year old girl that the Tucson Police are investigating, we have heightened our response to this," explained Kastigar.

Sean Fitzner lives less than 1/2 mile away from the home. He says Isabel's disappearance and today's news have him questioning his safety.

"I guess it makes me feel a little bit more unsafe, I feel like we live in a safe neighborhood, but now that these cases have been occurring, I am just not sure," said Fitzner.

For Jason Harding the news hits close to home.

"I have a 6-year-old daughter, people think we are weird, but our daughter still sleeps in our bedroom with us and I am happy she does," said Harding. "I'm happy she sleeps in the bedroom with us."

As of Monday night, police are looking for a caucasian man in his 20s. They have also checked with all registered sex offenders in the area and are broadening a search radius to ten miles.