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Police seek suspects in break-ins and assault

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Police are looking for suspects in a series of break-ins and the assault of a 77-year-old woman.The assault came about an hour after another woman reported an attempted assault near the Sunlight Bridge. Police Chief Terry Wilson said there’s no way to tell at this point if the break-ins and the assault were related or conducted by the same individual.Around 3:14 a.m. on Saturday, police answered a call of a trespass in progress at the Open Gate Assisted Living facility. Witnesses told police a roommate of the 77-year-old woman heard screaming, went to the woman’s room, pulled her out and called authorities. The roommate reported a window open with a broken screen.The 77-year-old woman told police she was lying in bed sleeping when she woke up to a man lying in bed next to her, who then struck her and choked her. He apparently fled after her screaming.The only description police have is that the man was in all dark clothing. One hour prior to that, a woman reported a man in all dark clothing jumped out of the bushes near the Sunlight Bridge and tried to attack her, Wilson said.”The description, at least, as little as it is, is very similar,” he said.The time frame of the two events and the locations being within three or four blocks of each other also suggest it was the same unidentified person, Wilson said.Police were also busy with recent break-ins not far from Glenwood Springs Elementary School. According to Wilson, on July 1 on the 900 block of School Street some people came home and found their rear door had been broken open. The owners couldn’t find anything stolen.Two other similar incidents occurred within a block of that location on July 19. At a Pitkin Avenue home, residents returned and found a back door that someone attempted to force open enough to crack the wooden door.”It does not appear any entry was made,” Wilson said.Another incident took place just hours earlier that night on the 900 block of Pitkin Avenue. A man awoke and heard somebody in his house. He yelled, “Who’s here?” He saw a flashlight outside his bedroom door. The man heard someone running down stairs and went after the intruder. He then heard the person go through the doggie door in the rear of the home. Wilson suspects that’s how the person entered the home as well.Entry through the rear of the house and the fact that the suspect seemed to be trying to enter unoccupied homes links the two break-ins and the one attempted break-in together. In the doggie door incident, the intruder probably thought the sleeping man wasn’t there. And there’s the fact that they’re all within one block of each other.”I’d be shocked if it wasn’t the same person,” Wilson said.Wilson said the neighborhood has responded well by making sure everyone knows about the incidents and being on the lookout. He said people can be more aware of their security and take care of things like unlocked windows and doggie doors. He encouraged people to report anything they think might be suspicious. The criminal likely will be spotted doing things like checking out houses, hopping fences or trespassing.”Don’t hesitate to call when you think you see or hear something suspicious,” he said.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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