An 11 year old girl stepped out the rear sliding glass door at her Ormond Beach residence at about 6 pm on Christmas Eve and noticed a man standing nearby.
The girl later told deputies that he stepped closer to her and raised a finger to his lips and told her "Shhh." She retreated back inside the residence but the man, 21 year old Steven M. Hasugulgum followed her and grabbed her hand.
Hearing something, the girl's father came to investigate and was able to scare Hasugulgum from the residence.
Responding Ormond Beach Police Officers and Volusia County Sheriff's Deputies set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspect with the assistance of K-9 units. They recovered a pair of shorts and a black beanie cap belonging to him.
Officers were able to recover footage of the incident including an image of the suspect from the home security system.
About 40 minutes after the first incident, a woman two streets over reported seeing the doorknob of her locked front door twisting. She reportedly opened the door to see what was going on and found a man matching Hasugulgum's description “acting erratic and holding a hammer.”
She asked if she could help him before closing and re-locking the door. Hasugulgum is said to have attempted to gain entry into her parked SUV before being scared off when she hit the panic alarm.
Hasugulgum was arrested without incident just before 7:30 when he turned up near the first residence. He has been booked into the Volusia County Jail on charges of attempted burglary of an unoccupied structure, attempted burglary of an occupied structure, and burglary with assault or battery. His total bond is set at $40,000.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on January 15th at 9 am.
Deputies spoke with Hasugulgum's mother who stated that her son, a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia living in Daytona Beach, has no history of mental illness.