Woman wakes up to find stranger touching himself inside her Las Cruces hotel room

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A woman was startled early Thursday morning after a man allegedly broke into her hotel room and was masturbating by her bed.

Alan Israel Hernandez, 27, of 3115 El Camino Real in Las Cruces, is charged with one count of aggravated non-residential burglary.

At around 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 24, Las Cruces Police were sent to the Holiday Inn Express at 2635 S. Valley Dr. where a man had illegally entered a room that had been rented to an Albuquerque woman.

The woman had gone to bed sometime before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and she told police she was startled when she awoke a few hours later after Hernandez allegedly grabbed her arm. She told police he was masturbating ner her bed.

Hernandez allegedly took the woman's cell phone and kept her from using the hotel room's phone to call for help, so she ran into the hallway where a guest in a nearby room came to her aid. Hernandez, wearing only shorts, fled the hotel on a bicycle and was subsequently located by police a few blocks away.

The woman told detectives that she feared Hernandez was going to sexually assault her.

Police say Hernandez's clothing and other property of his were found inside the woman's hotel room. Police found no signs of forced entry and were unable to determine how Hernandez gained entry into the woman's room.

A night clerk told police that Hernandez entered the hotel lobby to use the bathroom shortly before the incident occurred.

Hernandez was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $25,000.

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