Georgetown police investigate reports of late-night intruder

Georgetown police investigate reports of late-night intruder

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown police are cautioning residents to lock their doors and windows at night in light of three separate reports of an intruder in the last few weeks.

"It's definitely concerning to us," said Police Chief Whitney Renaker, whose department is investigating the incidents. The most recent occurred early Tuesday morning. "It's not something we typically get, especially with such frequent occurrence."

All three incidents occurred between 1 and 5 a.m., though Renaker declined to release where in town they occurred. In each, a male intruder entered the home of a single female, who was asleep at the time.

"When they woke up, the suspect took off running out of the house," Renaker said.

He said none of the women, who are in their 20s and 30s, was physically harmed. And in each case, nothing was taken from the home.

"We haven't found any forced entries," Renaker said, adding that the victims couldn't recall whether they had locked their doors that night.

Police have a suspect in the first incident, which occurred in June.

"He was identified by the victim," Renaker said, adding the man fled and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

While the incidents are similar in nature, police are still looking into whether they're related, Renaker said. He said the victim of the second incident provided a description of the intruder, which matched the gender and race of the first intruder, and the victim of the third incident couldn't provide a description at first.

Renaker said the incidents, understandably, have sparked a lot of concern among residents. However, he said there's a lot of inaccurate information circulating on Facebook and around town, such as the suspect is someone who recently was arrested.

"That was a completely different incident," he said.

In addition to making sure doors and windows are locked, Renaker urged folks to call 911, if they see anything suspicious, and don't try to handle an intruder on their own.

"Don't wait to call," he said, adding one of the incidents occurred at 1:30 a.m., but the victim didn't report it until 9:30 a.m. "We need to know immediately."