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Arrest made in North County break-ins

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — A 23-year-old San Marcos man was arrested Monday in connection with a pair of break-ins at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Rush Drive, in which the suspect entered rooms where young girls were sleeping, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said.

Dwayne Farrell, 23, was jailed on suspicion of breaking into young girls' bedrooms in San Marcos (Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department)

Dwayne Farrell, 23, was jailed on suspicion of breaking into young girls’ bedrooms in San Marcos (Credit: San Diego County Sheriff’s Department)

Dwayne Farrell was arrested about 2:30 p.m. on suspicion of burglary. Gore said detectives identified the suspect based on the given description and their knowledge of the area, and watched his home — about a half-mile away from the scene.

“He was known to our detectives and our patrol deputies in that area for his past activities,” Gore said.

DNA evidence found in blood in one of the apartments led to a positive identification, a search warrant and an arrest warrant, Gore said. The blood likely came from jumping from a second-story balcony in the “brazen” burglary, he said.

A DNA match was confirmed about 9 a.m., after investigators worked through the night, Gore said.

Farrell’s DNA already was in the local database after prior contact with law enforcement officers, the sheriff said.

Farrell is suspected of entering a first-floor apartment through the sliding glass door about 5:15 a.m. Sunday and standing over the bed of a sleeping 7-year-old girl, San Diego sheriff’s officials said.

San-Marcos-ApartmentWhen the suspect noticed that the girl awoke, he allegedly ran out of the apartment through a sliding glass door.

He’s suspected in another break-in about 25 minutes later.

A woman who was sleeping with her 8-year-old daughter in an apartment on the second floor of the complex heard heavy breathing and found a man beside the bed, sheriff’s officials said.

Farrell allegedly escaped again through a sliding glass door, jumping from the second story balcony, sheriff’s officials said.

Gore said he did not believe that either girl had been touched, but said resources were being made available for the victims and their families.

He advised residents to take precautions with sliding doors, even if they live on a second story.

“Where somebody is so brazen to break into a home while people are there, and then enter into the bedrooms of small children — really, it makes you shudder to think what might have happened,” Gore said.

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7 Comments to “Arrest made in North County break-ins”

    esco said:
    February 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Can't wait to see who it is. Hope it's him.

    ron said:
    February 18, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Looks innocent to me….lmao

    Hood rat hater said:
    February 18, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    Dwayne Farrell you're a punk, way to make your mama proud!

    SillyMe said:
    February 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Deport him now! hahahaha

    Southland Law said:
    February 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    At http://www.southland-law.com we like to believe that people are innocent until proven guilty…well this dirt bag is the exception to the rule. Multiple sex offenses committed in the same night against multiple victims in separate incidents…he is eligible for the one-strike-youre-out life sentence. Thank God for DNA evidence, he slipped away in the shadow of night but could not conceal the DNA.

    Weezy said:
    March 12, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    I know this guy. Unfortunately this is entirely accurate. Fuckin freak

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