A prowler has taken the term "Peeping Tom" to new and more threatening heights after he entered the rooms of two Stanford women and lifted the covers off of them as they slept.
The man, described as a Hispanic male, 18 to 30 years old, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a bulky build, entered the women's unlocked rooms in two separate incidents, on Friday, June 3, Stanford Department of Public Safety officials said in a campus warning. The man had short brown hair, brown eyes and was wearing a gray shirt.
Both incidents occurred in the early morning hours at a student residence located on the 1000 block of Campus Drive East.
In the first incident a woman awakened at about 3 a.m. to find a man standing next to her bed lifting the covers off of her. The victim screamed and the intruder ran out of her room. She searched the house for about 30 minutes and saw the man in another location of the building. From a distance, she asked him who he was and he ran out of the building, according to police.
The second victim reported similar circumstances. She was awakened between 6-6:45 a.m. by a man standing next to her bed who was lifting off her covers. She chased the intruder out of the building and into the parking lot. He was last seen running toward Campus Drive, according to police.
Stanford police are investigating the incidents. The Department of Public Safety is asking anyone with information about the crimes to call the Stanford University of Public Safety at 650-329-2413.
Residents should protect themselves by keeping doors and windows locked, police said. The department encourages calling 911 immediately to report suspicious and criminal activity.