Prowler breaking into Irving apartments as residents sleep, police say

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Police are investigating a series of break-ins and attempted break-ins at apartments where a prowler has slipped in through unlocked windows and doors as residents were sleeping.

No injuries have been reported, but residents have gotten into a struggle with the suspect in two cases.

Authorities are investigating six cases. In three of the cases, the suspect made it into the apartments.

Detectives believe the same man has broken into the apartments in the area of Belt Line Road, between Northgate Drive and Walunt Hill Lane, several blocks north of Irving Mall.

“All the incidents are occurring in the late evening or early morning hours while residents are asleep,” Irving officer John Argumaniz said in a news release Thursday.

The suspect is described as an African-American man, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a medium build.

In some cases, the suspect entered through unlocked doors or windows.

“We just don’t know how long he’s in an apartment before a resident finds him,” Argumaniz said in a telephone interview. “He’s not taken anything as far as we know.”

In the cases in which he didn’t make it into an apartment, the suspect was seen on balconies trying to get in through doors, police said. Women and families have been in the apartments in all the cases, Argumaniz said.

“In one case, a woman screamed when she saw him in the apartment and that woke up other family members,” the police officer said. “He then fled.”

Extra patrols and officers have been deployed in the neighborhoods, searching for the suspect, police said. Officials at the complexes have been notified.

Even though the suspect has targeted apartment complexes, Argumaniz said that homeowners also should be on alert.

Residents and motorists are asked to call 911 if they see anything suspicious in the area.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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