M Streets area break-ins
DALLAS – Dallas police say a 33-year-old Grand Prairie man arrested Thursday has admitted to burglarizing two M Streets-area homes and attempting to sexually assault a resident.
Gabriel Hernandez-Machuca, 33, was arrested in Grand Prairie and questioned by Dallas detectives. Department spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey said the man admitted to burglarizing a home in the 5100 block of Vanderbilt Ave. and attempting to rape the resident.
According to a police affidavit, Hernandez-Machuca used a "prying tool" to open a window at about 7 a.m. The affidavit says he climbed into the home, walked into a bedroom and stole women's underwear from a dresser drawer. He then went to another bedroom where a female resident was sleeping. Hernandez-Machuca jumped on her, according to the document.
The affidavit says the victim punched her attacker on the left side of his face. He then punched her back, causing her face to bruise. He grabbed her by the neck and held her down while he tried to take his pants off, the document says. All the while, the victim pleaded with him in Spanish to stop.
The victim told investigators "that she gave up" because she was afraid Hernandez-Machuca would harm her further. The affidavit says he let her go and fled through a back door, jumping over a fence that led to an alley behind the home. The affidavit says another witness caught an image of a 2001 gold, four-door Mercedes speeding away from the neighborhood. Police were able to make out the license plate number.
Officers contacted the insurance company the car was listed under –– Hernandez-Machuca was the policy holder. Police also found his date of birth and home address from the policy. On Thursday, Dallas officers watched the suspect get into the car at his Grand Prairie home in the 200 block of W. Tarrant.
They pulled him over and arrested him for an outstanding warrant. He confessed to the burglary and attempted sexual assault later that day.
Jeffrey said Hernandez Machuca admitted to one other break-in, but declined to specify which.
That could’ve been on either Oct. 16 or Sept. 13, which police have said "may possibly be related." In the former incident, a Hispanic man got into a home in the 5100 block of Ridgedale Ave. –– about a block away from the Vanderbilt burglary –– through the backdoor and stole jewelry and a woman’s underwear.
And on the September break in, the man entered a residence in the 6100 block of Palo Pinto Ave. through an open garage and fled when the resident spotted him.
Hernandez Machuca is charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony. He is jailed at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on $100,000 bail. He’s also has a hold for being in the country illegally.
Other charges are pending, Jeffrey said.