Police are hunting a serial burglar who has groped sleeping women after breaking into at least eight homes in east Orlando.
The break-ins began in February, but five occurred in just the past month. The most recent took place early Wednesday near Curry Ford Road.
So far no rapes have been reported, but Orlando investigators warn the unknown burglar has become more active in recent weeks. The suspect has targeted first-floor apartments near Semoran Boulevard and Curry Ford Road and enters through a back window between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., reports show.
Earlier this month, investigators teamed up with Crimeline and sent a bulletin to every address in the area warning of the burglar and his activities.
On Tuesday, a 19-year-old pregnant woman was roused from her sleep at about 5 a.m. after she was groped by a stranger who broke into her first-floor apartment in the Cadence Crossing Condos on Curry Ford Road.
The suspect pulled back her blanket and touched her backside twice, according to police reports.
When she awoke, the man said, “Hi, don’t say nothing,” and then left her bedroom. He was wearing all-black clothing and a black hat and didn’t appear to be armed, reports show.
“I was scared,” said the woman, who is not being identified by the Orlando Sentinel. “I couldn’t breathe.”
The woman’s boyfriend, his brother and another man were at the apartment that day. One man was asleep on the floor in the living room, and the boyfriend and his brother were outside smoking when the attack occurred, reports show.
None of the men saw the suspect, police said. The woman thinks the suspect was watching her apartment and went inside after her boyfriend went outside to smoke. A day before the attack, the woman’s friend warned her about the burglar, she said.
Detectives did not release information about the other seven break-ins because the investigation is ongoing, said police spokesman Cpl. Dave Allmond.
The burglar is in his 20s with a medium build and is about 5 feet 8, police said. Investigators think he lives in the area.