Room Raider Alarms Harrisonburg Women

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

Here’s a good reason to lock your doors tonight. It seems a man is letting himself in to some Harrisonburg apartments, and crawling in to bed with complete strangers.

The incidents have all happened around the JMU campus. Police don't know if the man is targeting students or simply choosing his prey at random. Every incident has involved an unsuspecting woman, alone in her own bed. The man walks in, finds the bedroom, and lies with his victims, often touching them until they wake up. When they come to, he pretends to know the women, calling them names like "Jen" and "Rebecca," but he quickly leaves without a fight.

"I've always found myself to be a very cautious person but this definitely makes you think," says JMU student Mary Beth Sorrentino. "I live in a house with six girls and so we were just very careful, even last night," says Eunice Lee.

Police say with many of these incidents, residents have just been leaving their doors unlocked, making it very easy for the intruder. All he has to do is open the door and walk right in. "I think we're definitely going to take a lot more caution to keep all our doors locked at all times," says Lee.

Thirteen incidents have been reported, and eight were called in Tuesday alone, but women say they haven't lost that sense of security. "I think campus control is really great and just walking to U-Rec at night, I feel safe walking around campus," says student Jessica Jackson.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 20 and 30 years old, around 5'7 to 5'10, and between 140-160 lbs. If you have any information, you're asked to call Harrisonburg Police at 434-2545.


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