Although he had only been on the job for a few weeks, Jose Otilio Diaz Jr. had not made many friends at the Lufkin apartment complex where he served as an assistant to the chief. According to an arrest report quoted in the Lufkin Daily News, female residents at the Acadia Arms complex had told his superiors that Diaz was a sleaze on numerous occasions.
Four tenants had said that they had kicked him out of their units after he had crudely come on to them. A fifth tenant said his behavior was even worse: She claimed that Diaz had masturbated in her bathroom and left her toilet seat a sticky mess. (Those workmen -- always leaving us to clean up after them.)
But if even that was not enough to get Diaz fired, we're thinking the latest incident will suffice.
According to police reports, on Wednesday, Diaz gained entry to an apartment after claiming that he needed to fix the dishwasher. Once inside, he allegedly attempted to rape an 18-year-old woman as she slept in her bed.
Diaz had already pulled off the woman's shorts when her female roommate heard screams. The heroic roommate picked up her husband's .45 and burst into the bedroom. Once he saw the hot fire in the roommate's eyes and the cold steel in her hand, Diaz realized that his predations were at an end. He beat a retreat, but was soon picked up by the cops.
After his arrest, the victim pointed Diaz out in a police lineup. The 34-year-old is currently in the Angelina County Jail facing a charge of attempted sexual assault, a third-degree felony.
UPDATE, AUGUST 16, 2011: Diaz was acquitted of attempted sexual assault.
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