By Ryan Yousefi
A man is accused of burglary and assault following allegations by an underage victim who claimed he touched her while going through her family’s belongings inside their garage.
On November 1, a Parkland resident called 911 to report that his daughter alerted him to the presence of an unknown man in their garage who had touched her.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office report, after being told that a man had entered his home’s garage and touched his daughter, the father wasted no time and immediately left his residence to search for the intruder.
Upon his search, a passerby provided crucial information about where the intruder, later identified as Connor Drake Jones, 29, of Parkland, had fled.
The victim’s father told deputies that he successfully located Jones hiding in the bushes of a residence several houses away and maintained a visual on him as he promptly contacted law enforcement.
Upon arrival, deputies took the victim to where Jones had been hiding to perform a show-up identification procedure, during which she positively identified Jones as the individual who had entered their garage and touched her.
During an interview with law enforcement, the victim described in greater detail what had occurred, explaining that she found Jones in the garage touching items upon returning home after riding her scooter in the neighborhood.
As he passed by her, Jones allegedly touched her neck and remarked that he had a girlfriend, telling her that he didn’t think her parents would want him there and fleeing on foot.
The victim’s father emphasized that he did not know Jones and had not permitted him to be on his property and certainly not to touch his daughter or any personal property in the garage.
After being taken into custody and read his Miranda rights, Jones provided a statement admitting to being on the property while the family was present. However, he denied being in the garage or touching the victim.
Jones was arrested and transported to the Broward County Main Jail.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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