Police say Gabriel Morales stood outside of a secure Springfield apartment complex and waited for someone to leave.
This was Sept. 6, at about 3 a.m.
When one of the residents walked out, police say Morales caught the door and let himself in.
From there, police say Morales, 18, started trying different door handles — looking for a unit that was unlocked.
When Morales found an unlocked unit, he allegedly walked inside, took off all of his clothes and climbed into bed with the resident (who was a stranger to him).
Court documents filed this week say the woman woke up to Morales rubbing his genitals on her, kissing her and trying to take off her pants.
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The woman was able to yell at Morales and get him to leave her room, as he allegedly said, “OK. OK I don’t want to make you uncomfortable. Have a nice night.”
From there, police say Morales went back into the hall and tried some more door handles, illegally entering three other apartment units.
Suspected in other burglaries
Morales was charged Wednesday with burglary, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. The burglary charge, a Class B felony, is the most serious charge. It carries a possible 15-year prison sentence.
Since the case involves sex crime charges, the address and name of the apartment complex are redacted from publicly available court documents.
Online records indicate prosecutors have requested a warrant for Morales’s arrest on these charges. They’re asking that his bond be set at $40,000, calling him a “threat to the community.”
Morales does not have a defense attorney listed for this case.
This appears to be the only case in which Morales is facing criminal charges, but court documents say he is a suspect in four other burglaries.