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Man arrested after allegedly sneaking into home, assaulting sleeping women

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

One man is in custody after two women said they were sexually assaulted while sleeping, the Smith County Sheriff's Office said.

Neftali Simon, 27, of Tyler, was arrested Sunday and charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sexual offense.

Early Sunday morning, the sheriff's office responded to a report of two women being sexually assaulted while sleeping inside a home. It happened in the 4400 block of Lucky Ave in Tyler. 

The Smith County Sheriff's Office says the woman claimed a man had come into the home through an unlocked back door while they were sleeping and climbed into bed with them.

According to Sgt. Darrell Coslin, one of the women said the man had climbed into bed and groped her. She told officials she was afraid to react. The second woman said the man crawled into bed and tried to remove her pants and sexually assault her. The second woman woke and started screaming, the man fled.

The women later discovered their phones were missing.

Sheriff's deputies were given a description of the man. He was found down the street and was in possession of both of the missing phones. The women were able to identify the man as the person who came into the home. 

Neftali Simon was arrested, Sunday, on charges of Burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sexual offense.

Simon is currently in the Smith County Jail. Bond has not been set.

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