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Suspect changes plea in suburban Phoenix assault case

PHOENIX — A homeless man accused of breaking into a Chandler home and
attempting to sexually assault a sleeping woman has pleaded guilty in the case.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 19-year-old Francisco Antonio Moreno changed
his plea at a hearing Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping, attempted
sexual assault and armed robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 17.

Moreno was arrested June 1 and pleaded not guilty 16 days later.

Chandler police said the victim was awakened by a man she didn’t know pulling
her pants down.

The man was accused of grabbing a hatchet that he had placed on a nightstand near the
bed as the victim reached for her cellphone.

They struggled over the phone, and the victim’s left wrist was cut by the hatchet.


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