Cops hunt for LI home invader who targets bedrooms

December 16, 2010 3:14:29 PM PST
Police on Long Island are investigating four home invasions that occurred one after another and appear to be the work of one man.

Officers are stepping up patrols, but residents in Great Neck and Kings Park are worried after the string of break-ins.

In each incident, the intruder has taken nothing. But in each case, he has gone for the bedroom, where children and grown women were sleeping. Police say he is becoming more and more daring with each home invasion.

Great Neck is now a community on the edge. There are lavish homes, but residents no longer feel safe.

What may have been the first incident occurred early Sunday, when the suspect broke into the bedroom of a 15-year-old girl. The next three attacks happened early Wednesday.

At 3 a.m., a 5-year-old girl called for her parents when she awoke to a man in her bedroom. He fled. Twenty minutes later at a nearby home, a 63-year-old woman heard banging and breaking glass. She saw a man on the other side of her back door before he ran off.

An hour after that, an intruder put a knife to a woman's throat. She managed to break away and grab the knife. She chased the intruder down to the first floor and out a screen door.

No one has been hurt in any of the incidents, but with each home invasion, the man is becoming more brazen, and people are worried.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 25 to 30 years old, and about 5-foot-10. He is about 200 pounds with black hair, and his black shoes had silver loops on the sides.

The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives ask anyone with information about these break ins to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

All callers will remain anonymous.

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