ABOVE: Global’s Cindy Pom has the very latest on the shocking home invasion in Etobicoke
TORONTO – Police continue to search for a suspect connected to a brazen break and enter in Etobicoke Friday morning.
Police from 22 Division were called to the scene shortly after 4:30 a.m. where a woman on Brentwood Road was awoken by a male intruder standing over her bed.
“We spoke to a female who was asleep on the main floor of the home and was startled awake by the presence of a male suspect in her bedroom,” said Detective Sergeant Madelaine Tretter. “She was alarmed, and the suspect left the home and fled from the scene.”
Police say there were other people in the house while the break-in took place.
Similar incidents have occurred over the past two years in the area and police are trying to determine if this case is related.
“Right now we’re looking at any possible connections. The sex crimes unit at Toronto Police Services are investigating the previous occurrences,” said Tretter. “In this case they’ve asked us to take a closer look in this investigation and see if we can establish a link. However, they will continue to monitor this case and if there is [a link], they will take it over from there.”
While police say there are similarities, they have not ruled out this being a separate incident or even the work of a copycat.
“We have some things that indicate there may not be a connection between the two. For instance, the suspect description is a little bit different and the M.O. (method of operation) is a little bit different in this case,” she said.
Police say previous break and enters in the area –that they believe were done by the same person—generally included forced entry through a window. There is, however, the possibility that the doors may have been unlocked in this case.
Investigators are appealing for witnesses in the case to come forward.
The man is described as black and six feet tall with a stocky build.
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