Authorities: Man broke into Raleigh home to rape 9-year-old girl

A Raleigh man is accused of breaking into a home so he could rape a 9-year-old girl, authorities said Monday.

Fernando Valdez, 35, of 4746 Walden Pond Drive, was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted statutory sex offense with a child and assault inflicting serious injury. He was being held Monday in the Wake County jail under a $700,000 bond.

According to Wake County prosecutors, Valdez broke into a north Raleigh home at about 4 a.m. Saturday and attacked the girl. Her parents heard her screaming, found Valdez in bed with her and stopped the alleged assault, authorities said.

“Our daughter got up and turned on the light and that’s when my husband was able to see there was a man in the room,” a woman, who did not want to be identified, told WRAL. The girl’s father then got into an altercation with Valdez, and investigators say Valdez bit a large chunk of skin from the father’s arm.

“He tried to escape. They rolled down the stairs while I was trying to get the attention on my other two kids to call the police,” the woman said.