Police release four sleep-watcher suspect sketches – Metro US

Police release four sleep-watcher suspect sketches

Four sleep-watcher sketches — all eerily similar.

Halifax Regional Police yesterday released a sketch of the suspect wanted for a sleep-watching incident Sept. 19 on Wellington Street.

A man entered an apartment by removing a screen from an open window. From there, police say, he entered three bedrooms and watched three women sleep. He inappropriately touched two of them, police add.

He ran out of the apartment, but one of the women saw him well enough to provide a sketch artist with a description.

The witness lives out of town, and it took time to schedule an appointment with the RCMP sketch artist, said Const. Brian Palmeter, explaining the delay in releasing the sketch.

There have been about 20 sleep-watching incidents in the past few years, the latest occurring Oct. 2.

Pictured are the four sketches police have released of the suspect(s) wanted for sleep watching.

From left to right: An October 2008 sketch; a September 2009 sketch; a sketch of the suspect wanted
for an Edinburgh Street incident May 1; and the sketch released
yesterday regarding the Wellington Street incident Sept. 19.

A woman on Fenwick Street awoke to find an unidentified person standing in her living room. He was wearing a hoodie that was zipped up over his face and he fled immediately when the woman awoke.

One or more?

  • Because many witnesses weren’t able to provide a description, Halifax police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said it’s hard to say whether one suspect is responsible.
  • “We do believe a number of the incidents were conducted by the same person,” he said. “But while we are investigating the matters in conjunction with each other, we are keeping an open mind that there could be more than one.”