CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- College students are looking for answers from their apartment complex, after police say a sexual assault occurred there earlier this week. The man accused was a maintenance worker for the property.
Arcadia Student Living says 38-year old Roberto Perez had been an employee since last November before he was fired, and his keys were taken away following his arrest. But now, one group of girls is looking for another place to live.
"Whenever there's been a problem, we've seen them in here so we definitely knew who all the maintenance guys were," said one resident.
Since they moved in, this group of UNCC students has been suspicious of one of the workers who comes in their apartment to make repairs. Now, Roberto Perez, has been charged with sexually assaulting another resident. A spokesperson with the property says Perez was drug tested and went through a background check. He also had one of the key fobs that allowed him to come into apartments and do his work if no one was home.
"It's sad because this is our home and we're supposed to feel comfortable and this should be our escape from the world," said another resident. "And we're just hiding in here cooped up checking our closets and behind the shower curtains making sure no one's there."
The alleged assault took place Wednesday night and Perez was arrested Thursday. He paid his $500 bail and was released.
"Who says he's not going to come in and try to do something else, hurt somebody else, attack another girl?" said another resident. "And they think oh, it's just the maintenance guy. No, he's a criminal, and he should still be in jail."
Instead of studying, this group spent their Friday at the rental office.
"It's just hard because it's finals week," said one resident. "Like she had a final at 8 AM this morning and we were up until 4 last night."
The property says they're putting together a notification for residents to make them aware of the incident, but these girls say it's too little too late.
"Yeah, we are getting out of here. As soon as possible."
The property says all of the key fobs have been reprogrammed within the last 24 hours since Perez was fired.