Police Seek Male Suspect in 3 Anchorage Prowling Cases
Editor's Note: A change has been made in this story to reflect a correction APD officials made indicating the occurrence of the most recent incident was on Monday at 4 a.m. instead of Tuesday as previously reported.
Anchorage police say a prowler case early Monday involving a man sneaking into a woman’s bedroom is the third reported in the past month, all believed to involve the same suspect.
According to APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, Monday’s incident occurred just after 4 a.m. at a home off Reka Drive, near Russian Jack Springs Park.
“She told police she screamed and he fled the residence,” Castro wrote in a Tuesday statement.
While detectives don’t want to identify the locations of all three incidents, Castro wrote that the range of the reports included “residential areas from south Mountain View extending south to Northern Lights” Boulevard.
Castro says that police have linked the cases in large part due to the similar methods employed during the three intrusions.
“The residences the suspect has unlawfully entered have all been ground level apartments; in two of them he made entry through glass sliding doors,” Castro wrote. “All three of these incidents have occurred between 3:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. within the last month.”
While all three of the women visited by the prowler were home alone at the time, Castro says it’s not clear whether that was coincidental or deliberate on the prowler’s part.
“That has been the scenario for all three of these cases so far,” Castro said.
A police description of the suspect characterizes him as a thin, young man.
“The suspect in these cases has been identified as a young male, in his early 20s, with a dark complexion, between 5’8” and 6’ with a thin build weighing between 130 to 160 pounds,” Castro wrote. “He has been seen wearing dark clothing including a dark hoodie and a dark do-rag or beanie.”
According to detectives, there are no reports that the prowler has damaged the entered residences, caused injuries, or taken any items. He has reportedly used a bicycle to escape, once exiting the homes.
“He ended up fleeing the scene once it was known he was in the residence,” Castro said. “At this point, he appears to be a true prowler making entry to homes.”
Police are asking residents to watch out for each other’s safety, as well as taking specific steps to improve security: locking doors and windows, securing keys and not leaving garage door openers in vehicles.
Anyone with information on the prowler or his whereabouts is asked to call APD at 786-8900, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.
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