PD: Stranger follows children into Phoenix house and locks out mom

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 01:24:43-04

PHOENIX — A stranger followed two children into a Phoenix home then locked their mother out of the house, according to police paperwork.

Phoenix police report that on August 29, a woman and her two children returned to their home near Central Avenue and Indian School Road. When they arrived, the two children opened the door and walked in, while their mother gathered a few items from her vehicle.

At that time Vincent Salazar, 30, walked into the house, and locked the door behind him, leaving the mother outside.

"She was just so flustered, like take care of your babies, lock the doors," said neighbor Tiffany Gomez, who spoke with the mother hours later.

Court records allege Salazar walked past the children saying, "he was going to die," before walking into a back bedroom.

The mother used her hand to break the front window and unlocked the door. She managed to get her children safely out of the home and call the police.

"She did have some cuts on her hand. Supermom breaking windows. I would've done the same thing," said Gomez.

When police entered the home, Salazar was on a bed in the back bedroom.

The homeowner told her neighbor that the police had to use tear gas to get Salazar out from the bedroom.

She said Phoenix police responded with dogs, a helicopter, and surrounded multiple homes.

Salazar has been charged with criminal trespassing.

He told the judge at his initial appearance in jail that he was "drugged and raped before this happened."

It is unknown if police are looking into that statement, but in the report, officers checked a box that the defendant was not "under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the offense."