STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA – Around 5:00 am on Tuesday on Charles Street in Grayson, a homeowner caught a man in his five-year-old daughter’s room and took him into custody using duct tape until police arrived.

Martha Zepeda, the girl’s mother, said that her daughter was sleeping in a bedroom with her grandmother. The grandmother felt like they were being watched, so she left the room to tell Zepeda’s husband and the father of the little girl.


Zepeda said, “He was in the living room window trying to peek in and he was grabbing his private parts and just looking around.”

The father told the man to leave, and the family thought he had.

“That’s when they heard a giant, loud noise,” Zepeda said, and the father went to see what it was.

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The man had broken a screen off of a window to the house and entered the five-year-old’s bedroom.

The father pushed the suspect back outside and fought with him in their yard. Zepeda grabbed duct tape and helped tie up while their older daughter called 911.

Police have identified the suspect as 39-year-old Daniel Diaz. Diaz is a Los Banos resident and a registered sex offender stemming from a 2009 incident where he’s accused of committing assault with intent to commit rape.


ABC 10 pointed out that the Megan’s Law website shows both that he was released from prison in 2018 and that he’s currently incarcerated. Zepeda said she saw an ankle bracelet on him at the time of the incident.

Police believe he was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the incident.

Diaz is being held on a $150,000 bond at the Stanislaus County Jail. He’s facing charges of child endangerment, home invasion, peeping, prowling and loitering.

This piece was written by Leah Anaya on July 9, 2021. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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