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Woman says she awoke to find man in her room. Suspect faces assault, theft charges.

If you witness a crime, here’s what to do

Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.
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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

A man who allegedly entered a woman’s Modesto home, choked and groped her, then fled with a credit card, faces charges including felony assault and misdemeanor sexual battery.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday, patrol officers were dispatched to a house on Rouse Avenue, just south of John Thurman Field. The resident, a woman in her 20s, said she awoke to find an unknown man in her room, police spokeswoman Sharon Bear said.

The victim told officers the man sexually assaulted her over her clothing, put his hand over her mouth and briefly choked her, took a credit card and left through a window.

Saturday, police spotted the suspect outside a market on Martin Luther King Blvd., Bear said. A patrol sergeant recognized the man, identified at Phillip Daniel Brady, 31.

Brady was arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft, assault and battery. Monday, Brady remained in custody, with bail set at $75,000.

This case remains under investigation. Detectives ask any witnesses to contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.

Deke has been an editor and reporter with The Modesto Bee since 1995. He currently does breaking-news, education and human-interest reporting. A Beyer High grad, he studied geology and journalism at UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.
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