Police: Vancouver man breaks into Portland home, tries to sexually assault child

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Updated: August 19, 2013, 9:28 PM

 
photoPedro Santiago Machi-Menchu

A Vancouver man was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly broke into a Portland house and tried to sexually assault a 6-year-old girl inside.

Kyler Pulfrey, a 21-year-old who lives at the home in the 6900 block of North Nashton Street, went to check on three children and found a man on top of the girl, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Pulfrey pulled the man off of the child and “physically struggled” with the suspect, dragging him into the living room as another resident called 911 just before 1 a.m., police said.

Police responded and arrested the man, identified as Pedro Santiago Machi-Menchu, 21, of Vancouver. He was treated for his injuries at a Portland hospital before being booked in the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted sex abuse.

He is believed to have gotten into the house through an open bedroom window.

Police said that the investigation is ongoing and reminded community members that stranger-to-stranger assault cases are extremely rare.