A man is behind bars and facing burglary and sexual assault charges after being accused of attacking a woman, then breaking into a home.

Tuscaloosa Police said the assault happened around 11 a.m. Monday in the 1300 block of 13th Street, near the University of Alabama campus.

The victim reported that the suspect approached her from behind while she was exercising, grabbed her and pulled her pants down. The victim said she struggled with the suspect and he quickly fled the scene.

Around 12:30 this morning, police responded to the 700 block of 12th Street, near the site of the attack the day before. On that call, a man fitting the description of the earlier attack was said to have entered a home and stolen some things.

Police said the victim in that burglary chased after the suspect and managed to give police a description of the suspect’s vehicle.

About two hours later, the University of Alabama Police Department stopped a vehicle occupied by John Everett Threadgill, 19, of Tuscaloosa. Threadgill was wearing the same clothes described by the burglary victim, and he was taken into custody and interviewed.

During the interview, police said he admitted to the burglary and the attempted sexual assault. Tuscaloosa Police recovered items taken in the burglary, including alcoholic beverages and women’s underwear.

Threadgill was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a second-degree burglary charge, and was later charged with first-degree sexual abuse. His bonds total $45,000, and police said more charges are pending as police are investigating several other cases of women being attacked.

If you have any information, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-248-4520.


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