NOPD links 5 Uptown home invasions

NOPD links 5 Uptown home invasions

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It was around 3 a.m. Monday when a woman said she woke up to find a man standing next to her bed in the 1100 block of Broadway Street.

"It was very scary," the victim said. "I proceeded to ask him who he was, and he said his name was Josh and that we'd been hanging out earlier. I hadn't left my house since nine, so that wasn't true," she said.

The victim said she was scared because she didn't know what was going on. She decided to scoot away from her intruder.

"At that point, he laid down on my bed, and I got slightly more aggressive at that point. I kept asking him who he was and what he was doing," the victim said.

She said when the man got into bed with her, she yelled repeatedly for him to leave, and he did.

This victim was the fifth in a series of Uptown home invasions, and police one man is responsible.

"Starting on Friday night and going on Saturday morning, we had an incident reported in the 7600 block of Oak Street," NOPD Commander Shaun Ferguson said.

On Oak Street, police said the man entered a home while the female victim was asleep and covered her mouth with his hand before she woke up.

"That next morning, in the 1700 block of S. Carrollton, we had the same type of incident," Ferguson said .

Then, early Sunday morning, police believe the same man struck again. A 49-year-old woman in the 1000 block of Lowerline woke up to the find a man holding his hand over her mouth. She screamed and he took off. An hour later, two blocks away on Lowerline, a Tulane student became another victim.

"I just remember that he woke me up, and was like, 'your phone was in the middle of the street and here it is,'" the victim said.

Her roommates quickly confronted the man.

"She's like, 'Can you please leave now? And he pulled his hand up, and there's a big knife," the victim said.

The students said they locked themselves in a bedroom until the man left. They later discovered he had rummaged through their belongings while they slept and had even used their computer.

In each of the incidents, the victims were females, and most of them were Tulane students.

"It's very eye-opening. It's all around us. This is a wake-up call, but I think we're doing everything we can to stay safe," said Stephanie Shea.

In several of the cases, the man simply walked in because the victim's front door was left open. Police said they are stepping up patrols in the area.

The only description of the suspect they have now is that he's a white male with dark hair.

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