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Construction worker charged in attempted child sex assault

Published 4:48 pm, Monday, March 3, 2014
  • Darien Police apprehended Alberto Garrido, 29, of Plainfield, N.J., who was charged by Stamford police Friday with risk of injury to a child, disorderly conduct and attempted second-degree sexual assault. Photo: Contributed Photo / Stamford Advocate Contributed
    Darien Police apprehended Alberto Garrido, 29, of Plainfield, N.J., who was charged by Stamford police Friday with risk of injury to a child, disorderly conduct and attempted second-degree sexual assault. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A New Jersey construction worker spending the night with his Stamford employer was charged with trying to molest the man's 14-year-old daughter early Friday, police say.

The man, Alberto Garrido, 29, of Plainfield, was apprehended by Darien police walking along West Avenue after he ran from his boss' Stamford home.

Police charged Garrido with risk of injury to a child, disorderly conduct and attempted second-degree sexual assault.

At his arraignment in state Superior Court in Stamford on Friday afternoon, Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Ross-Benjamin called the allegations "incredibly disturbing" and asked that the Guatemalan immigrant be held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Judge Thomas Colin agreed and prohibited him from coming into contact with the girl or her family if he is released.

Lt. Diedrich Hohn said police were called to a Stamford home at about 1:30 a.m. Friday by a parent who said that a carpenter he was employing from New Jersey had just tried to have sex with the 14-year-old daughter. Police are withholding the address of the home in order to protect the girl's identity.

Hohn said that Garrido had slipped into bed with the girl, who was sleeping next to her 5-year-old sister. Garrido rubbed the girl's back and kissed her before making other sexual advances toward her, reports said

Once the girl realized what was happening, she pushed Garrido away, ran to her mother and father and told them what happened.

When the parents confronted Garrido, he fled from the house without a jacket. For a time, Hohn said, Garrido loitered at the Shell station on Hope and Church streets, telling the clerk he was waiting for a ride.

The suspect's lack of a jacket was suspicious, so the clerk eventually told Garrido he could not wait at the gas station any longer, Hohn said. At about 3 a.m., Darien police spotted Garrido walking past 347 West Ave., Hohn said. He was detained by Darien police until the parents could identify him as the man who tried to sexually assault their daughter, Hohn said.