RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Russellville man arrested for allegedly breaking into a home earlier this month and attempting to rape a 12-year-old girl faces new charges by police.
In the early morning hours of January 10, Russellville Police said Gaspar Perez-Bartolo, 26, forced his way into the bedroom window of a 12-year-old girl and tried to sexually assault her.
Investigators said the girl fought with Perez-Bartolo, getting the attention of a family member who was able to scare him away.
“I just can’t comprehend why anyone that’s that age would do something like that,” said Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett.
Arrested that same day, police charged Gaspar Perez-Bartolo with burglary and attempted rape.
Wednesday morning, detectives added on more charges. Perez-Bartolo now faces three counts of first-degree rape.
According to Chief Hargett, information obtained by police during the investigation led to the new charges.
“It’s very disturbing, a 12-year-old [child], man comes into the window, trying to gain access, ends up gaining access, now we find out that on three prior occasions the child had been raped,” said Hargett.
Investigators said they commend the young victim for fighting off her accused attacker and being able to get the attention of her family.
Gaspar Perez-Bartolo is being held at the Franklin County Detention Center on bail totaling $350,000.
Russellville Police said the victim knew of Perez-Bartolo and was able to identify him as her attacker.