Intruder Targets Students During Home Invasions

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Investigators say an intruder around the University of North Alabama is targeting students.

Florence police are investigating two cases where a man broke into homes.  However, the intruder doesn’t steal anything during the home invasions.  Police say the man goes straight to the women’s bedrooms.

In two separate cases, UNA students wake up to find a man inside their home.  It’s a man they don’t know, and police say, a man who may be looking to attack.

“One female was awakened in the middle of the night, and he was holding her down.  She then fought him off and ran into the other bedroom where her roommate was and they called 9-1-1,” said Sgt. Cliff Billingsley with the Florence Police Department.

Billingsley says one case happened on Wood Avenue just north of campus, and the other house targeted, was just five blocks away, on Seymore Avenue.

“Both incidents I feel, are connected, a high probability they are,” said Billingsley.

According to police, the man uses the same tactic to get to his victims.  Officers say the man first tried to break in the front door, but then went around to the back of the house, and kicked in a door.

Police say the man’s motive in these home invasions, isn’t to steal anything.

“In my opinion it was bodily harm in some form or fashion,” said Billingsley.

The victims in both cases were women in college, between the ages of 19 and 21.

Both cases happened in the early morning hours.  Since it was dark inside the home, none of the victims could get a good description of the man.  Police say when the women woke up, he ran away.

The first case happened in February.  Police say the second home invasion happened early Wednesday morning.