In Arizona, early Thursday morning, a drunk man living in Glendale broke into the home of a family he had never met before and picked up their 2-year-old daughter. He then took her into the family’s living room. He later claimed he had thought the young girl was a “midget.”
According to the New York Daily News, an Arizona man from Israel, Oren Aharon Cohen, 34, was drinking at a friend’s place on Friday when he said he entered the wrong apartment by mistake after going outside to smoke a cigarette. While inside the apartment, he reportedly used the bathroom and picked up the 2-year-old girl.
According to CBS 8 San Diego, the girl’s mother woke up and heard her daughter whimpering. She then woke up her husband, who went into his living room and saw Cohen holding his daughter.
According to AZCentral, court documents revealed that Cohen told the girl’s father, “I’m your friend” as the dad entered the living room to investigate. Police in Tempe, Arizona said the girl’s father confronted Cohen. The man then tried to run away while the little girl’s mother called 911. She told police dispatchers “that her husband was fighting with the burglar.”
The girl’s father held the man outside the apartment until the police arrived. They had to use a stun gun on Cohen because he would not comply with police commands.
Cohen was arrested for burglary, suspicion of kidnapping, and aggravated assault outside the Tempe, Arizona apartment. He reportedly told the police he had thought the child was a “midget.” He went on to say that he had not abused her.
Court documents show that Cohen said he played with the little girl, which he referred to as a midget. He went on to say that he had possibly picked her up, but could not provide specific details. He had left his shoes, coat, and passport in the girl’s bedroom.
When he learned that the girl was only 2 years old and not a “midget,” he broke down and cried. Cohen said he would not harm a child, but said he does not remember the details of the incident because he was extremely intoxicated.
Court Commissioner Jane McLaughlin explained to Cohen that anything he said could be used against him in court. However, he was determined to speak. “I didn’t do anything,” he said.
Cohen said that the reason he was charged with burglary was because he and a friend had been drinking large quantities of alcohol. He went on to say that after smoking a cigarette outside, he entered the wrong door and ended up inside the wrong apartment.
While McLaughlin listened to what Cohen had to say, she said that she believed the Israeli born man to be a “grave risk” to the community. She then ordered him to be placed in jail in lieu of granting a $250,000 bond. Cohen is currently in custody at Maricopa County jail.
The girl’s father said when he saw Cohen, his pants were pulled down slightly, exposing his buttocks. In a statement, the police said the toddler pointer to her buttocks and told her father that the “bad man” had given her “an ouchie.”
The young girl did not appear to have any obvious injuries. Police said she was still wearing the diaper and pajamas her parents had dressed her in the night before prior to putting her to bed.
On Thursday morning, an Arizona couple woke up to the sounds of their 2-year-old daughter whimpering from their living room. The girl’s father saw that his daughter was in the arms of a man, Oren Cohen, 34. The girl’s father fought with Cohen and chased him outside where police arrested him. A court document revealed that Cohen, a citizen of Israel who is in the United States legally, told police that he wants to go back to Israel. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 22.
By John Samuels
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