Ahmed Ageal and Juli Thomas wanted their daughter to end things with her boyfriend. And that was before he broke into their home.
As KDVR reports, the parents from Denver, Colorado were sound asleep on the night of November 26 when they were awakened by an alarming commotion.
Their 13-year-old daughter was running through their house, screaming that her older sister’s boyfriend had broken into the house, slipped into her bed, and touched her on her stomach.
Mark Keough, aged 30, had been dating the 21-year-old daughter of the family. When Ageal and Thomas came out to confront Keough, he put up a fight.
Thomas told KDVR that she didn’t, “remember much except for flying up the stairs.” Ageal added that he tried to tackle and hold Keough while his wife called authorities:
“I was scared. He tried to attack me when I came.”
Once he’d managed to grab Keough, Ageal tried and failed to get an explanation for the break-in. He told KDVR:
“I asked him why would you break into my house? He just said, ‘hmmmm.'”
Police arrived several minutes later and took Keough into custody. Keough is now charged with first-degree burglary and criminal attempt to sexually assault a child. However, the worried parents are concerned they might see him again. Thomas told KDVR:
“I’m terrified he’ll get out because if he does get out the first place he’ll go is to his parent’s house which is next to us.”
Not only does Keough have relatives living next door, but he also has a criminal history. In five months, he has been arrested five times, including one arrest for an alleged sexual assault.
The parents have warned Keough to stay away from their younger daughters, but haven’t been able to persuade their oldest daughter to break up with him. Thomas told KDVR:
“She’s 21. She’s an adult. She’s not really going to listen to us.”
Keough was out of jail on a $50,000 bond when he broke into the family’s home. He is now back in custody and his bond has been set at $500,000.