Beating, charges for man police say tried to sexually assault 6-year-old

Beating, charges for man police say tried to sexually assault 6-year-old
Pedro Santiago Machi Menchu

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Vancouver man received burglary and sex abuse charges, as well as the beating of a lifetime, after he broke into a Northeast Portland home and attempted to sexually assault a 6-year-old girl early Sunday, police said.

Police believe Pedro Santiago Machi-Menchu, 21, entered a house in the 6900 block of N. Nashton St. at about 1 a.m. on Sunday through an open bedroom window.

A resident of the home, 21-year-old Kyler Pulfrey, went to check on the victim – who is the goddaughter of another resident of the home but doesn’t live there – and two other children, police said.

Pulfrey found Santiago Machi-Menchu attempting to sexually assault the girl and fought the man, dragging him into the living room, police said.

Santiago Machi-Menchu was taken to the hospital before being booked into jail on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted sex abuse.

The Portland Police Bureau said stranger-to-stranger assault cases like this are very rare.