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Tustin-area prowler targets women

October 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A prowler is on the loose in Tustin targeting women while they're sleeping and showering. One woman woke up to find the prowler kissing her on the lips.The prowler sneaks in through unlocked windows and doors. In one case he even tried to grab a woman through a window, while she was taking a shower. One of the victims was actually kissed by the prowler.

In another case, the suspect hid underneath a woman's bed and touched her while she was sleeping. Police say in that case the suspect left some evidence behind, so they're processing that and hoping it will help identify the suspect.

Workers replaced windows Thursday at Cristina Hyneman's home in Tustin in the Laurelwood Homes area.

"We're changing the windows out to make the apartment a little bit more secure," said Brady Holleman, Brundige Glass.

Hyneman was happy to make the investment, especially after a female neighbor in her 20s was assaulted by a suspect in the early morning hours.

"Very scary, it's awful," said Hyneman. "We're very scared now."

Police say a man entered Angela Corona's home while she slept. She woke up when he kissed her on the lips. He then ran off.

Police suspect the man has entered several homes in Tustin since August, entering through unlocked windows or doors.

At Corona's home at Windsor Garden Apartments, the suspect climbed up to the second floor and opened a sliding glass door.

Corona still has problems sleeping after the suspect hid under her bed, then reached up to touch her on the stomach.

"She yelled, 'What are you doing here?' He opened his eyes and stared at her. She ran to get me and when she came back, he ran out," said David Corona, Angela's son.

In another case, the suspect tried to touch a woman through an open window as she took a shower.

"There certainly is a possibility that the suspect is maybe watching his victims and then picking the right time to go in, or he's just prowling through the complexes and finding a location that he can get inside that has a female in there," said Lt. Tom Tarpley, Tustin Police Dept.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, 20 to 30 years old, between 5' 7" and 5' 9" tall. In one case, he had spiked hair and a round face.

The incidents happened between 2 and 6 a.m. In most cases, the victim was not alone -- there were other family members in the home when the suspect entered.

If you have information on the suspect, you're asked to call Tustin Police at (714) 573-3225. If you think someone is breaking into your home, call 911. Police stress that you should keep doors and windows locked.

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