A California mom discovered her 8-year-old wasn’t alone in her bed when she heard terrifying screams coming from her daughter’s bedroom.

ABC7 reports that a man had stripped and climbed on top of her.

Commander Aaron Johnson with the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety said that while the suspect initially escaped, he left his clothes in the house:

“Her mother heard her daughter’s screams, when she went into the bedroom the suspect was gone but evidence was left behind.”

Authorities added that the 21-year-old Noah Holland had no problem gaining entry to the house— he used a garage door opener obtained from a car parked in the family’s driveway.

Police praised the way the girl handled her attacker, by screaming and fighting back. Commander Johnson said:

“We feel the brave actions of the victim averted a real tragedy.”

According to KRON, Holland was captured and charged with burglary, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, committing sex assault while in the commission of a burglary, vehicle tampering, and violation of probation.

Police say 18-year-old Tristan Ford, who was with Holland during the robbery, was also arrested but had no part in the sexual assault on the girl, KGO-TV reports.

KRON reports that Ford faces charges of conspiracy, burglary, and violation of probation.

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