Police: Home invader finds own kids

Jan. 7, 2010 at 5:36 PM

EVANS, Colo., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Police in Colorado said a man who broke into a house with a friend found himself under arrest when his own children were inside and recognized him.

Evans police spokeswoman Rita Wolf said Raul Gaucin-Valenzuela, 33, of Greeley, and a friend broke into the home of the friend's ex-wife with the intention of confronting her boyfriend Saturday, but Gaucin-Valenzuela's children were inside the house and recognized their father despite the bandana over his face, The Greeley Tribune reported Thursday.

Wolf said the children, ages 8 and 11, were at the home being babysat by the second suspect's ex-wife. The men fled the home after the children recognized her father.

Gaucin-Valenzuela was arrested after returning to his home. He was charged with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief, child abuse and two counts of menacing.

Police said they are searching for the second man who entered the house and two suspects believed to have kept watch outside the woman's home.

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