Man caught looking in woman’s window following break-ins in Westdale: police

WATCH ABOVE: Students living in the Westdale neighbourhood near McMaster university say their home was broken into over the weekend. This comes after a series of incidents where people say their homes were targeted. In one case a woman was allegedly assaulted. Katherine Ward reports.

Hamilton police are investigating after another disturbing incident in Westdale.

Officers including the K-9 Unit were sent to the Haddon Street area after a woman reported seeing a man standing outside her home just after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

She said he fled on foot when she caught him looking through the window.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with blonde hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap.

Police said they set up a perimeter and checked the area, but could not locate him.

READ MORE: Westdale woman awoken by stranger in her room

The incident comes on the heels of two other occurrences in the last month in which a man was discovered in the bedrooms of two female McMaster University students.

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In one of those cases, the victim was sexually assaulted, police said.

Both times the suspect fled when the women started screaming.

The incidents occurred on Sterling Street, Bond Street and Haddon Street.

Police said it’s too still early to link all the cases together, but they are also reminding people to be vigilant, lock all windows and doors and report anything suspicious.

McMaster University has posted a security alert on its website to make sure all students are aware.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 905-540-5545 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Students believe intruder entered the home

In a separate incident being investigated by police, a McMaster student told Global News that she and her roommates believe a stranger entered their house in Westdale over the weekend.

They arrived home and found a window propped open with the screen popped out, so they searched the house, but didn’t find anyone.

The next day, however, they discovered both locks on the front door were open.

“I think that was when we realized for sure that someone was in our house, because you can only unlock them from the inside,” said Bryanna Hume, a third-year student.

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Hume said the incident left her scared, but grateful that no one was harmed.

“I have not really slept for the past few days,” she said. “I feel fine during the day and stuff, it’s at night when you, like, replay, or think about what could have happened.”

Hamilton police maintain there is no threat to public safety.

With files from Katherine Ward

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