Affidavit: Man intended to rape girl after breaking into home

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A girl was awoken in the middle of the night by a man kissing her after he climbed through an unlocked window, according to an arrest affidavit.

Zachary Ryan Brinegar, 20, was charged with burglary after entering the home on Clairmont Drive in Southwest Austin about 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

“One of the windows of a bedroom was left unlocked and he pushed it open and crawled in,” said APD Detective Steven Beasley. “He was in there a few minutes before anyone even knew he was inside.”

Brinegar’s actions were stopped when the girl woke up and started screaming, the document said. The victim recognized Brinegar as a family acquaintance from her neighborhood.

He fled the scene but was tracked down just a few blocks away by Austin police officers a short time later. When questioned by officers, Brinegar said he knew he being detained for kissing the girl, the warrant said.

He then confessed to police that he intended to “rape” the girl, according to the affidavit.

“They did know him, but they knew he was not supposed to be there,” said Beasley. “He pretty much confessed he knew he wasn’t supposed to be there.”

Brinegar was an acquaintance of the girl but they had no physical relationship or history of cohabitation, police said.

Austin Police say their child abuse unit is looking into pressing more charges, including indecency with a child and sexual assault.

It’s a reminder to lock your doors because you never know who is waiting to get in your home.

“Just because you’re an honest person and you aren’t a criminal doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there willing to victimize you,” said Beasley. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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