The terrified dad woke to the sound of his little girl crying and when he went to check on her he was met by a stranger sitting in his chair, holding the toddler on his lap. The intruder reportedly was half-dressed and looking disheveled.
The intruder reportedly said, “I’m your friend” before throwing the toddler onto the sofa and attempting to run away. The father prevented the intruder from leaving his apartment by engaged in a 10 minute struggle while the toddler’s mother called 911.
After the Police finally arrived, Oren Aharon Cohen, 34, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, aggravated assault and kidnapping.
Police found Cohen’s shoes, coat and passport in the child’s bedroom and discovered that the Israeli had used a bathroom in the apartment and drank orange juice from the refrigerator.
In his court appearance on Friday, Cohen offered an unusual explanation for his actions:
“I went to visit a friend. Her name is Carolina. She lives in this complex. We were drinking a lot over there in her house. We went outside — I went outside [to] smoke a cigarette. I guess I got blacked out. I went to the wrong door and that’s why you guys charge me [with] burglary? For going to the wrong apartment.” He continued, “Now after that I didn’t realize it was dark, I didn’t realize what was happening. And I guess, that’s when I saw this midget. It looks like a midget and I thought it’s [a] midget.”
According to Police reports, Oren said with 100 percent certainty that he did not perform or engage in any sexual acts with the victim of this incident. Apparently once it was relayed to Oren that the victim in his incident was a two-year-old female, he became very upset and broke down crying. Oren said, “I would never do anything like that. My dad is a sex offender. I would never do anything even close to that.”
It’s a good thing dad got up to tend to his crying daughter. There is really no telling what could have happened. Oren is set to return to court on the 27th.