Arrest In “Creeper” Sexual Assault Series – North County
The Sheriff’s Department and Escondido Police Department have announced the arrest of a man on charges of breaking into children’s bedrooms in the North County and sexually assaulting them.
Gilbert Andrew Chavarria was taken into custody on February 16th after DNA and other evidence linked him to four cases.
Chavarria’s crime spree started in June 2013 around Escondido and San Marcos. Chavarria broke into homes by removing or cutting the screen from open windows in the early morning hours. He cut pieces of the victims’ pajamas during assaults. The victims were between the ages of 5 and 15.
Investigators say Chavarria is so brazen he would commit the crime while parents are asleep in the room and only feet away from the children.
To protect your home and family from any intruder, ALWAYS close and lock your windows and doors, even during hot summer months. Criminals are always on the lookout for an opportunity.
Chavarria might have other victims. Anyone with information about Chavarria or possible victims are urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or Escondido Police at (760) 839-4722. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
Chavarria is booked in Vista Jail. His bail is set at $4.5 million. He is scheduled to face a judge this week.