Police search for sexual assaulting burglar

The suspect finds an unlocked door in the middle of the night and enters the bedroom of a woman.

Columbia police are searching for a man they think is responsible for at least 9 burglaries with possible sexual motives.

The crimes occurred in Mizzouâ??s east campus area since June.

Investigators need possible victims or witnesses to come forward.

The suspect finds an unlocked door in the middle of the night and enters the bedroom of a woman. The suspect has sexually assaulted and threatened to kill his victims.

Police are not sure if the same person is committing these crimes. Investigators have few leads and want people living in the east campus area to lock their doors and windows before they go to bed.

Assistant Police Chief Jill Schlude said, â??We do not have an incident yet that involves forced entry. That leads us to believe that we might be able to curb some of the activity if we can get folks to lock their doors.â??

Police have extra patrols in the east campus neighborhood every night after the bars close. Two female college students who live near one of the crime scenes wanted to remain anonymous but say they live in fear and confusion.

They said, â??Someone has been attacked two houses down from us not once, but twice. My parents are annoyed that the cops havenâ??t done anything about it. They donâ??t think itâ??s safe where we live now.â?? â??We donâ??t walk home alone anymore. We always have to get rides from campus back to our place just because itâ??s scary. We donâ??t want anything bad to happen.â??

The suspect is described as a white, or possibly middle-eastern man, in his twenties with a medium build and height. His clothing description varies. Some victims said he had a heavy accent.

Police said if todayâ??s release of the connecting nine incidents doesnâ??t help them find the suspect, they hope todayâ??s information scares him into not doing it anymore.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbia Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS.