Man sought in burglary, attempted sex assault

Authorities are looking for a man who slipped inside a Grand Junction house early Friday morning and threatened to sexually assault a woman who had been sleeping inside.

The man entered a home in the 500 block of Amy’s Way through a window that was cracked open. He threatened to assault the woman, who is in her teens or early 20s, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.

The woman was able to convince the man not to assault her, and he left through the same window he entered.

The woman lives with other people but was home alone at the time, Benjamin said.

Deputies searched the neighborhood and brought in a dog to see if it could pick up a scent, but they weren’t able to track down a suspect, Benjamin said.

The burglar is described as a white male in his early to mid-20s, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10, with a slender build. He was wearing black shorts or pants, a solid black T-shirt and a black ball cap with a silver or gray underside on the bill of the cap. He also was wearing a gray, black and white camoflauge-pattern bandana on his face.

Authorities advise residents to keep a lock or brace in an open window and keep the window closed far enough so a hand or tool can’t reach through the opening and remove the lock or brace.

Amy’s Way is located off 29 1/4 Road between North and Orchard avenues. Anyone who saw a person matching the description of the man early Friday morning or who has information about this incident is asked to call 970-244-3266.


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