Stranger ‘breaks into home and rapes girl, 8, before her grandad chases him off’

A stranger reportedly broke into a family's home and raped a young girl before her grandad heroically chased him away, cops have said.

Dupree Kenneth Hornsby, 24, allegedly entered the San Jose property on Friday (August 6) and then locked himself in a room with the young child before assaulting her, reports The Mercury News.

At around 7.35am the victim was able to escape after she was let go and alerted her grandad who chased the man out of the home and he then called emergency services.

Santa Clara County District Attorney's office said in a statement: "The child was playing in her own home when she was grabbed by a stranger."

Despite her ordeal, the young girl was able to give police officers an "accurate description" of her attacker who launched a manhunt for the alleged child rapist.

A "quick-thinking and vigilant patrol officer" spotted a man matching the description around an hour later about a mile away behind the local hospital and apprehended him.

The man arrested was identified as Hornsby from Stockton and subsequently charged with rape of a child and other serious crimes including kidnapping and burglary.

“This nightmare of a crime has shaken all of us,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said.

“The alert police officer who saw and arrested this predator just hours later, and before anyone else was hurt, is a credit to the badge and our community.”

Hornsby returned to Elmwood men’s jail in Milpitas after a brief appearance in a San Jose courtroom on Tuesday and will next appear in court on October 12.

According to the District Attorney Office Hornsby faces life in prison, if convicted.

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