A 26-year-old man was apprehended on Monday for allegedly breaking into two neighboring condos in Stateline, Nevada, and fondling the feet of sleeping women. Mark Anthony Gonzales, who had been under suspicion by law enforcement for trespassing and stealing women’s shoes in California, was arrested at his residence in Atwater, California, with the assistance of California authorities.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales is accused of entering the condos through unlocked screen doors. On two separate occasions between July 1st and July 3rd, he entered the victims’ bedrooms and approached the beds. Startled awake, the women discovered Gonzales rubbing their feet before he quickly fled the scene.
Gonzales is currently being held on $50,000 bail. Although the arrest took place in California, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he would be extradited back to Nevada to face charges related to the break-ins.
Law enforcement officials stated that Gonzales was already known to them and was suspected of committing various crimes, including stealing women’s shoes, trespassing, and engaging in sexual self-gratification during some of these incidents. The sheriff’s office expressed concern that Gonzales’ crimes appeared to be escalating in nature.
Sheriff Dan Coverley expressed satisfaction with the arrest, stating that these types of crimes are particularly alarming to the community. He emphasized the importance of apprehending the suspect to provide a sense of safety for the victims and the community at large.
Surprisingly, similarly disturbing incident was reported in May. A man staying at a Hilton Hotel in Tennessee allegedly woke up to find a hotel employee sucking on his feet.
The arrest of Mark Anthony Gonzales has brought a small amount of relief to the victims and the community, who can now feel safer knowing that the alleged perpetrator is in custody. The investigation into Gonzales’ activities continues, and authorities are asking for anyone with information about the incidents to come forward.