by: Alison Grande Updated:
A man is in custody after police said he was armed with a knife and entered a stranger’s apartment near the UW Bothell campus trying to get sex.
The suspect, Zachariah M. Higuera, entered the 18-year-old woman's apartment the night of June 2 in the 18600 block of Beardslee Boulevard, according to investigators. That’s the Husky Village Apartments, located on the UW Bothell Campus.
Prosecutors said Higuera attempted to hug the woman, took off his pants and said he wanted to have sex with her.
The woman told police she didn’t know the man, and prosecutors call him a danger to the community. Higuera was arrested in the apartment parking lot after a man told an officer he was trying to open doors.
Police are investigating Higuera for attempting to break into two other residences that same night. He has been charged with one count of first-degree burglary.
Student Khali Alnam told KIRO-7 Higuera broke into his apartment minutes before he before he targeted the other victim. He helped chase down Higuera. “If he didn’t get caught, what’s going to happen?” said Alnam.
Resident Assistant, Cruz Garibay, was alerted after last Mondays burglary. “We know things like this can happen now and we’re taking steps so the residents feel safe,” said Garibay.
His criminal history includes a 2005 conviction for second-degree burglary. Higuera also has several other misdemeanor convictions, including theft, malicious mischief, telephone harassment and drug possession.
The state requested that Higuera's bail be set at $500,000, and he remains in King County Jail. Higuera's arraignment, where he’s expected to enter a plea, is scheduled for later this month.
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