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Woman awakes to stranger rubbing her face near Parkland

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PARKLAND, Wash. -- A man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into a woman's home and rubbing her face while she slept.

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies received a 911 call just after 5:30 a.m. Sunday reporting his neighbor had come to his home in panic that someone had broken into her home and was touching her face.

Deputies arrived to the home on Golden Given Road to find the neighbor standing guard in the street, holding a gun.

Investigators talked to the woman who said she had fallen asleep in her living room while watching TV and awoke to a stranger rubbing his hand across her face and telling her "you are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen," investigators said.

The woman asked the man who he was and what he was doing, and he replied his name was "Carlos" and that he lived there. She also noticed all the lights in her home were on, and she had gone to sleep in the dark, making her realize the man had likely been in the home for some time. She ran from the home and to her neighbor's house for help.

The neighbor grabbed a gun and went outside, and caught the man walking out the front door of the victim's home, deputies said. The neighbor pointed the gun and yelled for him to stop, at which point the stranger ran back into the home...and then moments later out the back door and across the backyard.

Deputies ran the plate of a car parked out front and obtained a photo of the registered owner, then began searching the expansive wetlands behind the home. About an hour later, a deputy spotted a man standing near the edge of Clover Creek -- recognizing him as the man in the driver's license photo.

The man said his name was "John Bush" and claimed he lived nearby and was looking for a lost animal, but eventually asked if the deputy wanted his name to be "Carlos." He wouldn't surrender and said he hadn't broken any homes, that the woman was in his home, according to deputies.

When a second deputy arrived, the man surrendered peacefully and "thanked the deputies for their service," investigators said.

The 47-year-old suspect has since been booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of first degree burglary.

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