A homeless man is facing charges after police say he chased two girls into a Lowell, Massachusetts home, then assaulted one of their mothers on Sunday afternoon.
Wayne Spencer, 54, is facing multiple charges including breaking and entering, assault, and attempted kidnapping.
Police in Lowell said officers received a call around 4 p.m. Sunday for a report of a suspicious man who had been watching two girls, ages 11 and 9, playing in a yard on Court Street.
Spooking the girls, Spencer allegedly followed them into a home, and the mother of one of the girls confronted him. He allegedly assaulted her and forced his way into the home and tried to make his way to the girls.
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"Elizabeth said, 'the guy, the guy is coming,' and as I was halfway through the house, I saw the man grabbing my daughter," the mother of the older girl told NBC 10 Boston. "I moved him out of the way, quickly as I could, and I just went after him."
An unidentified man helped the mother force Spencer out of the home, where he was held by a father until officers arrived at the scene, police said.
"My daughter did an amazing job," the mother of the older girl said. "She grabbed her little friend and picked her up, brought her in the house, she put her in the bathroom, locked her in there, and she dialed 9-1-1."
Police said Spencer is homeless and recently left a local sober home.
None of the children was injured in the incident, and the mother who confronted Spencer wasn't injured either, according to police.
Spencer'd arraignment, scheduled for Monday in Lowell District Court, while he undergoes a mental health evaluation. It's unclear if he has an attorney.