Bakersfield Police officers say they found 22-year-old Brian Ambriz Contreras in the back yard of a home on Kyner Avenue Thursday morning. They say they chased Contreras in the south Bakersfield neighborhood before they arrested him on Monitor Street. Detectives say he broke into at least three homes.
Detectives later located Contreras' car, a red Mitsubishi Gallant parked near the Kyner Avenue homes. Inside, they found a woman's purse with her I.D., and when they contacted her, police learned her home in south Bakersfield had recently been burglarized and her daughter's MP3 player was taken.
Police say Contreras had the MP3 player, and on it were photos of the woman's 12-year-old and 4-year-old daughters. Investigators say Contreras also had a cell phone on him with photos of more young girls on it. Police believe Contreras broke into the woman’s home and photographed her daughters as they slept.
Some of the photos showed Contreras posing in front of two young girls while they were sleeping in the background and one picture showed Contreras touching the four-year-old girl.
On Thursday 17-year-old Beatriz Palacios says she woke up to Contreras standing over her in her room. She says she ran and he got scared and jumped. Across the street from Palacio’s home, another teenage girl, Solymar Blanco, says she was home with her mom and aunt when Contreras broke in their home. Blanco says they all screamed and he fled.
Contreras was arrested for two counts of burglary and resisting arrest. He was additionally charged with another count of burglary, lewd acts with a child, annoying children and possession of methamphetamine.