The Ithaca Police Department says officers responded to two separate incidents in Collegetown overnight in which residents reported waking up when a man reached through a window to touch them.
In the first incident, police responded at 3:11am Thursday to an apartment in the 100 block of Cook Street, after a complainant said she was “asleep in her bedroom when she was suddenly awakened by a person touching her body while standing outside of her bedroom window.” In the second, police responded at 5:26am to an apartment in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue for a similar report. In both cases, the prowler had left the scene before police arrived, and “officers were not able to locate the person,” according to IPD.
Police say the suspect in both cases was described by the victims as a clean-shaven white man in his mid 30s. The incident recalls a string of cases in the early 2000s in which a suspect dubbed the “Collegetown Creeper” touched women while they slept after sneaking into their apartments.
In a bulletin to the Cornell community, the Cornell University Police Department reminds community members “to secure their windows and doors to deter unwanted entry.”
IPD asks that anyone who has information that might aid their investigation contact them through police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.