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Deputies: Sleeping Cornelius woman sexually assaulted; suspect chased away by fiance

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Edgar Agustin Perez, prior jail booking photos Edgar Agustin Perez, prior jail booking photos

Washington County deputies are asking for the public’s help locating a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman with her fiance sleeping in the same bed.

Deputies responded to the 1000 block of North Clark Street in Cornelius at 4:30 a.m. Jan. 23.

Investigators said a woman woke up to a man sexually assaulting her.

Heather Beckman, the victim, tells FOX 12 she has no idea what led up to it.

“To let yourself in and to take it that far, I just don’t understand how that could be right in anybody’s mind,” she said.

Beckman says her fiance woke up when she yelled and chased the suspect out of the house.

The suspect got away. The couple identified him as 29-year-old Edgar Agustin Perez.

Beckman says she and her fiance know Perez. He responded to a post from her on Craigslist years ago.

“Just looking for new friends who are like-minded. But apparently, we’re not so like-minded,” she said.

Beckman tells FOX 12 they had Perez over a few times, but they were only acquaintances at most.

She says their back door was unlocked that night. Both she and her fiance are heavy sleepers, Beckman says, so neither of them were startled by the home entry.

“Thankful that I did wake up, because I don’t know how far this could have gone,” she said.

The couple has installed new locks on both of their house doors since then.

“That level of PTSD comes into play. I’m peeking out the window when I hear a noise, or asking Eric, ‘Was that you? Did you make that sound?’ It’s weird to not feel home in my home,” Beckman said.

They also posted on Nextdoor to alert their neighbors about what happened.

Now, Beckman wants other victims to know, it’s OK to talk about it.

“I want them to have a voice and I want these people to be heard, because it’s not something to be embarrassed about. It’s something you need to talk with people about,” she said.

Perez’s current location is not known, but he has previously lived in Beaverton and Sherwood.

Deputies said Perez has a felony warrant for his arrest that is unrelated to this case.

Anyone with information about his location or any other details concerning the investigation is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  

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