Ames Police seek burglar accused of watching women sleep


(Ames, IA) -- Ames Police are investigating several reports of a man who broke into apartments, and watched women while they were sleeping. Police say the reports have come from private apartment buildings in the 100 and 200 block of Hyland Avenue, just west of the Iowa State University campus. Investigators say there were no apparent signs of forced entry.

Sergeant Derek Grooters says November 21st, a woman reported a man broke into her apartment, demanded money and assaulted her before leaving. The woman suffered minor injuries.

Investigators say they're not certain if it's the same suspect involved in the earlier reports, but they're urging tenants to make sure they lock their doors and watch for any suspicious activity. Police are also working with property managers to increase foot patrols and surveillance.

Police say in all cases, the break-ins were reported between 4:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Police say the victim in the November 21st break-in described the burglar as a tall, black male, wearing a ski mask, black sweatpants and a gray shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ames Police Department at 239-5133 or the anonymous tip line 239-5533. You may also contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400. Online anonymous tips may be submitted to www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com.