PORTLAND, Ore. – When mom Emily Collar got up in the middle of the night to turn off the air conditioner, she saw something strange and terrifying: A man was lying next to her goddaughter in bed.
“I peeked over the side of the bed and and saw it was a man, and he was holding my godddaughter, and she wasn’t fully dressed,” Collar said. “And I freaked out. I went hysterical.”
The intruder apparently had shimmied his way through a 1-foot space around a window air conditioner in the home in the 6900 block of N. Nashton St. about 1 a.m. Sunday.
Police said the man was attempting to sexually assault the 6-year-old girl.
Collar alerted her husband and that’s when he and another roommate took on the intruder, giving him a beatdown of a lifetime.
The group tied up the intruder, later identified as 21-year-old Pedro Santiago Machi-Menchu, with a shoestring to keep him there. They also dragged him into the living room.
“It just kind of happened. I just did what I had to do,” said father Kylar Pulfrey. “I grabbed my children. I got them out – made sure everyone was safe. And then I just kept him there. And that’s all I could think about.”
The group said police told them Machi-Menchu was lucky he made it to jail.
“If we had a gun, he would have been coming out in a body bag. Honestly,” Collar said.
Santiago Machi-Menchu of Vancouver, Wash., was taken to the hospital before being booked into jail on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted sex abuse.
The Portland Police Bureau said stranger-to-stranger assault cases like this are very rare.
Below is the mugshot of Machi-Menchu taken when he was booked in jail: