APPLETON - Some terrifying moments for an Appleton woman has landed a Menasha man behind bars.
Outagamie County prosecutors have charged 28-year old Scott Cross with breaking into her home and sexually assaulting her, as she slept.
At about 1:30 Sunday morning, Appleton police officers were called to East Pacific Avenue in the City Park district.
Sgt. David Lund told FOX 11 at first it sounded like a standard burglary call.
"On the first trip into the house he had stolen a gaming system, some personal items," said Lund.
But according to Lund the burglary wasn't all the suspect, Scott Cross, had in mind. The sergeant said that's when the woman in that house awoke to a nightmare.
"The victim had woken up from sleeping and was being sexually assaulted," Lund explained..
Lund said after Cross left the home with the things he'd stolen, he went back to the house and began sexually assaulting the woman inside who was sleeping. That's when she woke up and her male roommate got home.
"That's very dangerous behavior for someone in our community, in any community, for somebody to be that bold," said Lund.
That's when Lund says the alleged victim and her roommate followed the suspect about a block away from their home here to City Park.
According to Lund, neither the victim nor her roommate had ever met Cross before.
Lund told us because they tracked the suspect to the park, police were able to make a quick arrest. However, he warned that's not always the smartest decision.
"Generally, we would encourage people just to call us and we'll engage the person we need to talk to," said Lund
Lund told us it was fortunate the suspect was unarmed.
According to the criminal complaint, Cross admitted to what happened, but told conflicting stories. In the documents, officers say Cross appeared to be very intoxicated. The suspect told police what happened was a mistake.
This isn't Cross' first brush with the law. Online court records show Cross has also been convicted of theft and burglary. For now, he is being held in the Outagamie County Jail on a $50,000 bond and is due back in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
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