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Woman touched by sleep watcher

Police are investigating another instance of sleep watching in Halifax’s south end.

Police are investigating another instance of sleep watching in Halifax’s south end.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Halifax Regional Police say a woman awoke to a man touching her in her Chestnut Street residence. The man — described as about five-foot-10 with a thin build and dark hair — went out the back door after the victim awoke. She wasn’t injured.

Police believe the perpetrator entered the residence through an unlocked door.

Spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said police are investigating the possibility this is the same “sleep watcher” from previous incidents in the south end from 2008 and ’09. He cited similar descriptions and methods.

“The same investigator has been assigned to this file as all the other ones,” he said. “The description is vague, so we aren’t able to definitively say that the person is connected but we will be looking at that possibility.”

Police are advising residents to lock all windows and doors before going to sleep.

“There hasn’t been a case where there’s been forced entry, so it would seem to suggest the simple precaution of keeping your doors locked is a great first step,” said Palmeter.

Anyone with information is asked to call Halifax Regional Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 
 
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