PITTSFIELD — A city man is facing felony charges for allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old girl in her bedroom after breaking into the family's Pond Street home early Tuesday.
Taequan E. Carter, 24, was identified through a fingerprint left behind at the scene, and police believe he may be linked to other break-ins in the city.
The girl told police she went to bed about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and heard noises downstairs a short time later. Her father was at work at the time; the mother was at home with the girl.
She heard footsteps approaching the room and heard someone try to open a door to the bedroom that is blocked and not normally used. The intruder then went to a second door to gain entry into the girl's bedroom.
The girl pretended to be asleep while the intruder pulled the blankets on the bed down and touched her inappropriately. Still pretending to be asleep, the child rolled over and the intruder left the room.
The girl was able to get a look at the clothing he wore and was able to give a physical description, although she didn't see his face.
The intruder heard the girl sit up in bed and she could hear him run and fall down the stairs. She went to her mother's room and woke her up, telling her there was someone in the house.
The child's mother called 911 and the pair heard the intruder move something downstairs, then heard a door slam before police arrived.
Police found an air conditioner removed from a kitchen window and on the ground outside the home and a footprint outside that appeared to be from a sneaker.
Police were able to lift a fingerprint from the frame of the kitchen window.
About 2:06 a.m. Thursday, police were dispatched to Hull Avenue for a breaking and entering in progress.
Carter was arrested nearby on unrelated charges, but was a "strong suspect" in the break-in.
Because of the similarities between the two break-ins, police compared the print recovered from the kitchen window and the fingerprints collected from Carter during his booking.
Police said the print taken from the window — of a left index finger — matched Carter's left index fingerprint.
Carter pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony and aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
Judge William Rota ordered him held on $2,500 bail and set a pretrial hearing date of July 27.
If Carter posts bail, he must have no contact with the accuser and stay at least 100 yards away from her and stay away from her home.
Police said Carter has several default warrants on his record and may be linked to other break-ins.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.