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Couple wakes up to find their toddler in strange man's arms

Oren Cohen (Source: Tempe Police Department) Oren Cohen (Source: Tempe Police Department)
Police were called to an apartment complex southwest of Priest Drive and Warner Road at about 2:30 a.m. A woman said her husband was fighting with a burglar. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Police were called to an apartment complex southwest of Priest Drive and Warner Road at about 2:30 a.m. A woman said her husband was fighting with a burglar. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
(Source: Mike Smith, KPHO/KTVK) (Source: Mike Smith, KPHO/KTVK)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The whimpers of a Tempe toddler woke her parents who then found her in the arms of a stranger inside their home early Thursday morning.

Police were called to an apartment complex southwest of Priest Drive and Warner Road at about 2:30 a.m. A woman told a 911 dispatcher that her husband was fighting with a burglar.

According to Tempe Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Josie Montenegro, the woman woke up when she heard her 2-year-old daughter whimpering. When she went to check on the toddler, she saw that her bedroom door was closed, which was unusual.

The father went into the living room and saw a man holding his baby daughter.

Police have identified that man as Oren Cohen, 34.

The father got into a fight with Cohen as the child's mother called 911.

When officers arrived at the complex, they spotted Cohen. 

"We were pulling in as the suspect was running away from the apartment," Montenegro said. "He was ultimately tazed before [being] taken into custody."

The couple told police they had never seen Cohen before tonight.

Police said there were no signs that Cohen forced his way into the house.

"We're still going to continue our investigation to figure out what the suspect's intent was," Montenegro said.

Police believe Cohen was drunk when they caught up with him. It's not clear if he has a criminal history.

Investigators said Cohen was visiting a friend at the apartment complex. Montenegro said Cohen does not remember how he ended up in the family's apartment due to his impairment.

Montenegro described the Thursday morning's events as "just a total parent's nightmare."

The 2-year-old was not injured. The little girl has a 3-month-old sister who was not involved in this situation.

Cohen faces charges of kidnapping, burglary and aggravated assault.

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