A Superior man who allegedly tried to break into a woman’s house with a knife after seeing her on her porch was bound over for arraignment Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Douglas County Circuit Court.
Devon Curtis Frank, 19, faces felony counts of attempted burglary, attempted first-degree sexual assault and stalking as well as a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property. Cash bail of $25,000 was set for Frank, who remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail on Thursday, Sept. 12.
According to the complaint, the Superior woman heard a tapping noise on her window around 11 p.m. Aug. 29 and saw a man looking in. He ran away. Nearly two hours later, she heard the lilac bushes outside her house rustling and saw the same man looking in a different window.
Superior police found the screens on both windows had been cut and had visible handprints like someone was trying to push up the glass. Footprints were also found near the windows.
Officer Adam Johnson saw Frank jogging down the street nearby and, when questioned, his story didn't make sense. The tread on his shoes reportedly matched those of the footprints outside the woman’s windows.
Frank allegedly admitted to Investigator Michelle Lear that he went to the house and cut the screens. Initially, he said he wanted to break things and scare the woman.
Later, he told Lear he planned to have sex with the woman, who he didn’t know. He said he planned to use the knife to keep the victim from making noise, and that he brought a condom with the second time.
Frank told Lear he saw the woman on her porch and she reminded him of his girlfriend, according to the complaint. When he allegedly got angry with his girlfriend that evening, he “snapped” and thought of assaulting the woman.
The most serious charge, attempted first-degree sexual assault, carries a maximum penalty of 30 years of imprisonment. Frank’s next court appearance was set for Nov. 15.