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Man invades homes of sleeping women in Arlington

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A man accused in a bizarre string of crimes is on the loose. Arlington police say he broke into three apartments.

In two cases, women awoke to him standing in their bedroom. In another, the suspect rubbed a sleeping woman's arm.

All three happened in an apartment building in the 1400 block of North Taft Street in the Courthouse neighborhood.

One of the victims in this disturbing string of crimes is speaking out...so no other woman will have to go through what she went through.

Authorities say three times in the last two weeks the same suspect has broken into apartments at the Meridian complex.

On September 15, between 4 and 5 a.m., a man fitting the same description somehow got into two locked units, watched women as they slept and fled after they awoke.

"And I had a weird feeling that someone was looking at me. I opened my eyes and there was a man standing at the edge of my bed just about a foot away from me," says Heather, who requested ABC7 not use her last name.

Heather says she screamed for 30 seconds, but the intruder just stared and didn't say a thing.

"It was terrifying. I felt like I was trapped in my bed because he was blocking my bedroom door so I couldn't move."

He eventually backed up and left. She's deeply troubled because all the doors in this complex lock when closed, including hers.

"It seems like this person has a master key. He might live in the building. He might work at the building. It's just terrifying to think that he has complete access," Heather says.

Several days later police say the same suspect entered another unit, but this time stroked a woman's arm while she slept. She woke up and he got away.

The description of the suspect is vague, white male, 5-10, 20-25 years old.

Arlington County police are actively investigating these cases and are calling on residents to dead bolt their doors.

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