VACAVILLE, CA - Police arrested a 14-year-old boy who allegedly broke into a home, sexually assaulted and stabbed a 13-year-old girl and stabbed her 18-month-old brother while they were home alone early Sunday morning.
Vacaville police received a 911 call from a residence on the 1200 block of Balsam Way around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, said police spokesman Sgt. Mark Donaldson.
The 13-year-old girl told police she and her younger brother had been stabbed. She fled her house to call for help from a neighbor's house.
"To have the presence of mind, with the multiple stab wounds that she had, and the presence of mind to take her brother, get out of the house and take her cell phone with her, to call the police - a courageous young lady and she saved both of their lives," said Vacaville police officer Dennis Crouse.
"It's horrifying to think that someone would want to hurt a child," said next-door neighbor Heather. She declined to give her last name.
When officers arrived, they made several attempts to coax the suspect out of the house, Donaldson said.
"Police did get on their bullhorn, did announce the suspect's name several times, and asked him to come out of the house. There was no response," said neighbor Troy Lamb.
Eventually, a SWAT team was able to gain entry into the residence and found the teen sleeping inside a master bedroom.
"At this point, we're still awaiting tests to determine if he's under the influence of anything," said Sgt. Denise Quatman.
Police said the boy was arrested and faces two counts of attempted homicide and multiple sexual assault related charges.
The girl and her brother were transported to the UC Davis Medical Center where they remained in critical but stable condition late Sunday, according to Vacaville police. The girl had been stabbed more than 30 times and her little brother suffered more than 10 stab wounds Both were expected to survive, Donaldson said.
Investigators said the girl was babysitting her brother until her mother returned home, and they were both sleeping when the suspect broke into their house.
Quatman said other than the suspect being a friend of the victims' older brother, no motive to the stabbing and sexual assault has been established. Quatman said there was nothing to indicate this was a gang- or drug-related incident.
Neighbors said they recognized the suspect. He would stop by and hang out with the older brother of the victims.
"Here and there, he would show up," said Lamb.
Neighbors also said the older brother of the victims was currently being held in Solano County Juvenile Hall.
The names of the suspect and victims were not released.
Reporter Suzanne Phan contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org