Ellicott City man charged with burglary, sex offense

An Ellicott City man has been charged in connection with a break-in last month where the burglar allegedly touched a 14-year-old girl, according to Howard County police. 

Alan Jaramillo-Jimenez, 19, of the 3100 block of West Springs Drive, has been charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and other charges in connection with the Sept. 21 incident.

Police responded to the home, located in the 8700 block of Town and Country Boulevard, at approximately 5:15 a.m. to a report of a burglary, police said. 

Police said a man entered the apartment by cutting a screen window. Once inside, the man approached the girl sleeping on the couch and touched her inappropriately, police said. The girl woke and the man fled. Police said a laptop and cellphone were reported stolen in the incident.

Police said investigators learned the victim's mother was approached by a man while on the porch at 2:30 a.m. The mother gave the man a cigarette before going inside the house and locking the door, police said.

Based on the description provided by the mother, police were able to identify that man as Jaramillo-Jimenez. Police found the stolen cellphone and laptop while executing a search warrant at his home.

Jaramillo-Jimenez is being held on $175,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center. 

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