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Serial ‘prowler’ targeting women in East Anchorage

By KTVA Alaska 12:23 AM October 23, 2013

Suspect linked to three separate early morning break-ins within last month

ANCHORAGE — Police are calling a man breaking into women’s homes on the east side of town a prowler, and Tuesday said they fear he could become violent.

Anchorage police said three related break-ins have occurred in the last month, in neighborhoods from southern Mountain View down to Northern Lights Boulevard. The most recent break-in happened just after 4 a.m. Monday, when a woman found the prowler in her room and he fled after she screamed.

Police said the suspect enters ground-level apartments, having twice entered through sliding glass doors, between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. So far, police say there is no theft or violence associated with the break-ins, but Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said Tuesday the concern is that things could change.

“The biggest concern that we have is that if this individual were to continue with their behavior currently that it could potentially turn into something violent,” Castro said. “It is very traumatic to experience somebody invading your home and being there that’s not supposed to be there. Even though no one’s been physically injured, it is definitely a scary situation to encounter.”

Today residents in south Mountain View said their neighborhood isn’t safe for women.

“I’ve had people follow me and my kids, and I’ve tried calling the cops and they don’t send anybody,” said Cassondra Sobrepena, a Mountain View resident who had lived in the neighborhood since January. “I have to run to the school, because they’ve been stalking me for an hour, and then I have to hide out there for an hour. I don’t walk anywhere by myself.”

Soprepena said the prowler only reminds her of a serial rapist caught in Mountain View just last month.

After living in fear of the rapist this summer, she said “it seems there’s always something. My husband has something he can use to protect us when he’s here, but I feel bad for people living in this neighborhood. Women by themselves, it’s pretty scary .”

Police describe the prowler as a man in his early 20s, with a dark complexion, described as between 5’8” and 6’ tall. Descriptions estimate his weight around 130 to 160 pounds. Police said the man wears dark clothing, including a dark hoody as well as a dark do-rag or beanie. Police believe he uses a bicycle to leave the scene.

Anchorage police are urging people to lock their doors and widows, take necessary precautions, and report suspicious activity to police dispatch at 786-8900.

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