Palmerston North police are looking for an intruder who entered a young woman’s bedroom this morning while she was sleeping.
Police were called to a flat on Morris St, which has a large university student population, about 5.45am this morning.
A female student had woken to find a man in her bedroom. Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said the male allegedly grabbed the woman and a short struggle followed.
Her screams for help alerted a flatmate and caused the offender to flee, Thompson said.
A police dog unit arrived soon after but was not able to track the offender.
Due to the time of the morning a number of persons were about at the time, Thompson said.
‘‘This has been particularly distressing for the young lady,’’ he said. ‘‘The area is one with a number of young students, with a number of them being female. For this to occur while they are asleep in their house is of concern.’’
Police are appealing for assistance in identifying the intruder.
He is described as having a medium build, with short hair, and of average height. He was wearing a dark-coloured hoody. He was also described as smelling of cannabis.
The male would have been running from the Morris Street area and may have been in an unco-ordinated state due to the cannabis intoxication, Thompson said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Claire Adkins on (06) 3513600. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Manawatu Standard
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