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Home invader turns himself in

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Decatur Police didn’t have to search long for a young man who allegedly broke into an apartment and grabbed a young woman Monday morning.

The suspect, Eric Thomas Brake, 21, of Kansas, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon after a composite sketch of him was released the day before.

Brake allegedly entered the apartment at approximately 8 a.m. through an unlocked door. According to investigators he sneaked up behind a female in the residence and grabbed her in a “bear hug.” But she fought back and proceeded to force the man out of the second floor apartment.

The invasion occurred at Crestview Place Apartments located in the 900 block of W. Thompson Avenue. No items were taken, and no injuries were reported.

The suspect was described as a white male with a thin build, who looks to be anywhere from 18 to his late 20s, with pale skin, dark wavy hair that covers his ears but doesn’t go down to his shoulders, dark eyes and is between 5’10″ and 6′ tall. He was wearing a baseball hat with a flat brim, a long sleeve black shirt and dark pants.

The victim worked with crime scene investigator Ashleigh Portales with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office to produce a composite sketch of the suspect.

“After he saw the composite drawing, he knew we had him,” Hoskins said. “I think that’s a very big credit toward (Ashleigh). This case couldn’t have been broken without her.”

Brake had been living with relatives in the apartment complex. He called the police after he saw the sketch and agreed to voluntarily meet with officers Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sexual offense, a first-degree felony. He was in Wise County Jail as of press time.

After the home invasion occurred yesterday morning, McCarroll Middle School, located across the street from the apartments, went into a “soft lockdown” mode for most of the morning as a precautionary measure. The school had heard that the suspect might have been armed.

“We weren’t aware of any imminent danger, but in light of what happened last week in Connecticut we wanted to take every precaution,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend.

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