Unidentified 18- to 22-year-old broke into numerous buildings and crawled into bed with unsuspecting students
The CU Police Department is looking for an unidentified man who entered numerous residence halls last weekend and crawled into bed with female residents. The suspect said he was drunk and was looking for a place to “crash,” while he fondled and attempted to kiss female dorm residents before being chased away, according to police reports.
According to the CUPD, shortly after 3 a.m. on Friday, an unknown male entered rooms in Baker, Libby and Smith dormitories on campus and nestled into bed with several women looking for a “place to sleep.” Just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, police received additional reports of a male with a similar description entering rooms in Kittredge West.
The suspect is described as a thin, tanned white male approximately 18 to 22 years of age. The women said he was between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall and wearing a dark colored windbreaker or sweatshirt with a hood. It is unknown how the suspect gained entrance into the buildings, as each building requires key card access around the clock.
Victims said that while the suspect claimed to be drunk, he neither smelled nor behaved as though he had been drinking.
“This looks to be the work of one individual,” said CUPD Lt. Brad Wiesley. “We’ve stepped up patrols in dorm areas to ensure the safety of the residents.”
CUPD has issued safety alerts for the residence halls and urged residents to be conscientious of strangers in or around the buildings and to call police immediately if anyone seen in the buildings matches the suspect description or behaves suspiciously.
“A number of the rooms the suspect walked into were unlocked,” Wiesley said. “It should be common sense to make sure your dorm room door is locked when you go to sleep.”
CUPD says that the case is unusual in that they haven’t seen a string of connected incidents like this. At least six dormitory rooms were invaded by the suspect.
“We’re trying to get the word out through a variety of ways so that students are aware of what’s going on,” Wiesley said. “Our first priority is to keep the students safe, and our second priority is to catch this individual.”
The suspect did not resist or fight back when chased out of the rooms.
“It made me a little nervous,” Brittany Taylor, a freshman architecture major said. “I always make sure to lock my door.”
But some residents don’t always lock their doors.
“I’ve seen people just let anyone in the outside doors,” Erin O Malley, a freshman open-option major said.
The CUPD asks that anyone with any information on these cases contact the police detective division at (303) 492-8168 as soon as possible. CU also provides confidential victim assistance services for all members of the university community and they may be reached at (303) 492-8855 or on the Web here.
Contact Campus Press Staff Writer Tim McAvoy at email@example.com.