Councilwoman alarmed by late police announcement about home invasion

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by MARJORIE OWENS & STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 6:26 PM

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DALLAS - Authorities in Dallas are searching for a man who entered a home, assaulted a woman inside and then fled the scene with several of her undergarments, read a police report.

The assault happened around 8 a.m. Thursday in the 5100 block of Vanderbilt Avenue and is one among three other similar criminal reports recently filed in the M Streets area.

Dallas police reported a Latin male in his late 20s entered the residence through a small window and then assaulted a woman inside the home. The victim said her attacker was wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.

"She's shaken up," said Brenda Roznowski, who spoke with the victim. "But she's hanging in there, she's tough." 

The victim's husband said his "wfie pleaded for her life while the man was choking her and punching her in the face."

He fears she may have been targeted; the suspect waited until he left for work and attacked her 20 minutes later. The details have also frightened people who live nearby.

"Last night, I checked all my doors and windows," said Robin Kintz. "My husband was gone last night. We have kids. I had a bat next to my bed."

Prior to the Thursday attack, Dallas police received a report of a break-in about a block away in the 5100 block of Ridgedale Avenue on Tuesday.

The burglar stole jewelry and undergarments from the home. In that case, a witness also described a Latin male with short spiked hair at the front door of the home around the time of the incident. The witness told police the man left the scene in a 90s black, four-door Infiniti.

On September 13, a similar suspicious report came in from the 6100 block of Palo Pinto Avenue, about 1.5 miles from the Vanderbilt incident.

Authorities received a call about a Latin male in his late 20s inside the garage of a home. The homeowner left the residence for a short time and returned to find the garage door open around 1:50 p.m. The report said the woman called police after walking into her kitchen and spotting a man who appeared in his late 20s peeking at her from inside the garage.

The woman described the man as clean shaven and wearing black gloves, a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. She told police he jumped over a back fence as she picked up the phone to call police. Nothing was taken from the home.

Police did not release information about Thursday's assault until just before 10 p.m. That concerns Councilwoman Angela Hunt, who represents the district where the assaults have occured. 

"I am troubled by the speed with which the city alerted the neighborhoods about these apparently related incidents," she said. "The better the city communicates with residents about criminal activity, the more vigilant and aware neighbors can be."

Parents are also troubled. They’re warning their children. "They know how to call 911 and don't answer the door if someone comes to it that they don't know," said Mickey Freedman. "We have gone over some of those safety issues."

Hunt says she has discussed the "communication breakdown" with Dallas city manager Mary Suhm. She says the city will work to fix it.

Authorities have warned residents to keep their homes and apartments locked and secure no matter the time of day.

Anyone with information pertaining to any of the above cases are asked to call Dallas police at 214.671.4414.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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