Tempe couple finds burglary suspect in home holding their baby with his pants sagged down

Posted at 9:10 AM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 21:02:55-05

New disturbing information has been released after a man a broke into a Tempe home and held the couple's baby. 

Police arrested Oren Aharon Cohen, 35, after he broke into a home and was found holding a 2-year-old girl in the living room of the apartment near Warner Road and Priest Drive in Tempe.

Court paperwork indicated the father of the victim woke up to strange noises and discovered Cohen in the living room with his pants sagged down holding the child.

When the father approached the suspect, he told him, “I am your friend,” before quickly throwing the child and trying to flee.

According to police, the father tried to detain Cohen and the two got into an altercation that lasted roughly 10 minutes.

Cohen was able to flee the apartment, but was caught and held by the father in the parking lot of the apartment complex until police arrived and arrested him.

Investigators say Cohen told them he was “black out drunk” and wanted to return to Israel; Cohen was in the United States with a valid passport, but is not a U.S. citizen.

In his initial appearance with a judge, Cohen told his version of the story, saying he was drinking at a neighboring apartment, got confused and went to the family's apartment in error. He said he thought the child was a "midget" and never meant to harm her.

Cohen is currently at the 4th Avenue Jail and is being charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, and burglary in the second-degree.