Leonel Santana Cervantes Pleads Guilty to Being the Minnie Street Creeper of Santa Ana
He lived about a quarter-mile away. Around 12:15 a.m. on July 8, 2011, he climbed into a Minnie Street apartment through an open window, making a noise that alarmed the then-42-year-old woman living there. Checking on the noise, she saw Cervantes go into the bedroom where her daughter, then 19, and boys, who were 6 and 8, slept. The man closed the door behind him and braced against it to hold off the mother pushing with all her might to pry the door open. When she finally busted in, Cervantes fled out the front door.
The then-12-year-old girl was sleeping in her bed under a window without a screen in the same neighborhood about 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2011, when Cervantes reached inside and rubbed her buttocks and back over her clothing. She screamed for her father, and Cervantes split.
Finally, around 4 a.m. Nov. 17, 2011, a woman who was 31 at the time came home from work to the same neighborhood, turned on her bedroom light and started undressing. Through a window facing an alley, she could see Cervantes looking back at her. She called police, and Cervates was found in the alley, hiding behind a Dumpster. He was later linked to the other pervy crimes, which had also been reported.
Leonel Santana Cervantes Accused of Creeping Out Females on Minnie Street in Santa Ana
He copped Tuesday to two felony counts of first-degree residential burglary of an inhabited dwelling, one felony count of lewd acts on a child under 14, and one misdemeanor count of peeking. Without the guilty plea, he was looking at up to 30 years in the can with a conviction.
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