Burglar at large after assaulting woman

Sunday, May 23, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:06 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A woman who awoke to find a burglar climbing into bed with her early Saturday morning was sexually assaulted before she escaped and called authorities from a neighbor’s house in Valley Creek subdivision, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

The man is suspected of a burglary minutes earlier in the same neighborhood east of Columbia. The crimes occurred between 4:30 and 5 a.m., according to a news release from detective Andy Anderson.

In the first burglary, a 13-year-old boy awoke to find a stranger in his room. The culprit, who had apparently rifled a purse in the home, “made a vague statement indicating he may be from the state of Arizona” before leaving, Anderson said. The boy didn’t tell his parents until later that morning.

About a half-hour later, a 27-year-old woman in a home about three blocks away discovered a man getting into bed with her. After suffering the assault and escaping, she called the sheriff’s department from a neighbor’s home. The burglar had fled by the time deputies arrived.

Anderson said the burglar apparently entered both homes through unlocked doors. Witnesses said he was possibly of Middle Eastern, Indian or African-American descent. He was in his early 20s and thin with a light brown complexion.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s department at 875-1111 or CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS.

— Missourian staff

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