Police: Man broke into apartment, attempted to sexually assault girls
A 27-year-old man burglarized a Whitehall Township home, exposed himself to two teen girls and attempted to sexually assault them, according to court records.
Saleem Wilson, of the 400 block of Ridge Avenue in Allentown, was arrested Wednesday after a city officer recognized a description of Wilson’s car, which he used in another burglary, police said.
Wilson was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, terroristic threats and indecent exposure. He was arraigned by District Judge Michael Faulkner and was sent to Lehigh County Jail under $150,000 bail.
According to a criminal complaint:
Whitehall police were dispatched at 10:53 a.m. Sept. 8 to a burglary in progress at a home on Franklin Street. There, police spoke to two 15-year-old girls who told them that they were sitting on the couch in the living room when a man walked in, went through the kitchen and then headed to the steps leading to the second floor.
The man stopped when he saw the teens on the couch, walked over to them, told them to take their clothes off and then started pulling on their shirts. He also began recording them with his cellphone.
The man then pulled his pants down and attempted to sexually assault them. The man threatened he would kill them and fled.
Police obtained security footage from a neighbor, which showed a silver Chevy Impala with a large dent on the passenger side heading to the home at 10:46 a.m. and then leaving at 10:54 a.m.
Whitehall police posted an alert to locate the vehicle with the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center.
On Wednesday, an Allentown police officer saw the post and recognized the vehicle, which had been driven by Wilson in another burglary. In that case, Wilson allegedly burglarized a home on Sept. 16 in the 2900 block of Alton Avenue and stole a flat-screen television. When he was arrested, he was driving a silver Chevy Impala with a large dent on the passenger side, police said.
The victims were shown a picture of Wilson and they identified him as the man who entered the home and exposed himself.
Wilson had a hearing in the Allentown burglary earlier this week and posted bail Tuesday, but was arrested Wednesday for the Whitehall burglary, according to court records.