VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL (Fox News) – A man was arrested after forcing his way into a Florida home on Christmas Eve, nearly snatching an 11-year-old girl before he was chased off by her father, authorities said.
Steven M. Hasugulgum, 21, was standing outside an Ormond Beach-area home around 6 p.m. Tuesday when the girl opened a sliding door and walked outside, the Volusia Sheriff’s Office said. Hasugulgum advanced, putting his fingers to his lips and telling her to “shh” as he forced her back inside.
Hasugulgum followed her and grabbed her hand, trying to pull her toward him, but the girl’s father, Derek Kloepfer, was able to chase the intruder away, deputies said.
“If I would have grabbed him, I’m sure there would have been some consequences,” Kloepfer told FOX35 Orlando.
The incident was caught on home surveillance video, and deputies immediately began tracking the suspect.
But just 40 minutes after fleeing, Hasugulgum tried to break into another home in the area, deputies said.
A woman told authorities he tried to turn the knob on her front door, which was locked. She said she opened the door and saw Hasugulgum “acting erratic and holding a hammer.” He then tried to break into her SUV but was scared off after the woman hit the vehicle’s panic alarm, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies eventually arrested the 21-year-old when he reappeared near the first house less than an hour later.
Hasugulgum lives in Daytona Beach, but is a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, a country comprising more than 600 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, the sheriff’s office said.
He was charged with burglary with battery, attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling and attempted burglary of an unoccupied conveyance.
He remained in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $20,000 bond.