STOCKTON (CBS13) — Stockton Police are investigating the mysterious death of an intruder who broke into a group home and assaulted 10-year-old girl inside a bathroom.
Multiple neighbors on the 3100 block of Nicole Street say the main tried to break into their homes and jumped on rooftops before entering the group home.
“He was banging on that window while my mom was washing the dishes,” said Mariana Mendoza.
She was watching TV when a young man jumped off her neighbor’s roof and ran into her family’s backyard. She says he was frantic, speaking in both Spanish and English, saying someone was trying to kill him.
“My mom told him she was going to call the police and he said ‘thank you,’ with a rosary in his hands and he was doing this, with praying hands,” she said. “He had a beard all over his face, tattoos on his hands, a grey shirt, and a white rosary.”
Police identified the man as 26-year-old Filberto Valencia.
He didn’t stay long in the Mendoza backyard. He ran and hopped the fence. Police say he eventually entered a group home for girls. Once inside, he barricaded himself and four females inside the bathroom. When police broke through the door, they say Valencia had his arm around the neck of a 10-year-old girl. He allegedly became combative with police and reached for an officer’s gun. Police used a baton and a Taser on Valencia.
Valencia died at the scene.
The family of the suspect lives in the neighborhood and say he’s a schizophrenic. They don’t know what caused him to die.
Police would not say if Valencia had any injuries prior to being hit with the Taser.