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Girls’ sleepover in Clovis was interrupted by a naked intruder. Police arrest suspect

A 26-year-old Fresno man has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into a Clovis home and allegedly assaulting two 10-year-old girls who were having a slumber party.

Timothy Jay Picard was booked into Fresno County Jail on Wednesday and charged with first-degree burglary, committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 and violating probation, Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall said at a news conference Thursday.

Clovis police were first called to a home near Ashlan and Fowler avenues early Sunday morning, after the girls woke to find a naked man touching them inappropriately. The man had forced open a window into the room where the two friends were sleeping, police said. He left through the same window after the girls fought him off.

“I would like to commend these young ladies,” Basgall said.

“They fought. They did everything right.”

Police found clothes and finger prints at the scene, and believe Picard may have been under the influence at the time of the assaults, though they cannot confirm that because several days passed before he was arrested.

Picard does not appear to have known the family, and does not live near the home, though he was familiar with the area, Basgall said. The department is working with other law enforcement agencies to determine if he may be responsible for any similar crimes.

Picard has prior arrests for stalking and burglary, and is currently on probation for a 2017 arrest in Fresno, Basgall said.

“The fact that this guy is on probation for something similar, it makes your blood boil.”

Joshua Tehee covers breaking news for The Fresno Bee, with a focus on entertainment and a heavy emphasis on the Central Valley music scene. You can see him share the area’s top entertainment options Friday mornings on KMPH’s “Great Day” and read more of his work here.
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