Man arrested for sex offense, breaking and entering

Published 6:15 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Marco Antonio Mendez-Roblero

A man wearing nothing but a T-shirt and trashbag was arrested by deputies from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, at 12:03 a.m. on April 8, a caller reported a sex offense at a residence on Gage Lane in Washington. Deputies attempted to locate the suspect, but were unable to until another call reporting a suspicious male in the woods off Highway 264 near the Beaufort County Animal Shelter came in at 10:33 a.m.

Marco Antonio Mendez-Roblero, 20, of Edwards Mobile Home Park in Greenville, was identified as the suspect. He was charged with felony breaking and entering and one count statutory sex offense against a person who is 13, 14, or 15 years old by a defendant who is more than four but less than six years older than the victim. The parent of the victim called to report the crime.

Major Kenneth Watson of the Sheriff’s Office explained that the felony breaking and entering charge stemmed from Mendez-Roblero not having the homeowner’s authority to enter the home.

“The way the statute is written, any entry with intent to commit a felony, is also a felony breaking and entering. Most of the time you just see (the charge) with a larceny,” said Watson.

Mendez-Roblero was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $20,000 secured bond.