The father of two girls says a man broke into the family's Cockrell Hill apartment early Friday morning and touched his daughters.
The father told police and reporters that his daughters were watching TV in the front room, where they had been sleeping on a mattress, when a man entered the residence through a back window at about 5:15 a.m. Friday.
The girls said the man told them he was a friend of the family and offered to take them to the store to get candy. At some point the man began touching the girls over the clothing, and one of the girls called out to her father.
As the father came into the room, the man exited the front door. The father chased the man into the parking lot but was unable to catch him. After the man disappeared, the father called police.
The father said it was dark and all happened very fast and that he didn't get a very good look at the man, though he did provide police with a partial description. He also adds that the man, despite his claim, was not a friend of the family.
Police said the girls, ages 9 and 5, were taken to an area hospital for an evaluation. Neither were injured. Police said the man was inside the home for about 10 minutes before he was chased out.
Cockrell Hill police confirmed the man tried to get the girls to leave with him and that there was physical contact between the intruder and the girls, but that that contact was not sexual and they were not injured. Police are continuing to investigate and have classified the incident as burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony. The charge is a first degree felony punishable with a possible life sentence and a fine of $10,000.
The incident took place at the Cedar Square Apartments at 500 Andrews Avenue.
NBC 5's Mark Schnyder contributed to this report.
It was initially believed that the girls were sleeping at the the time the man entered the apartment, that was not the case. We regret the error.