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Woman reports home invasion

A home invasion reported Tuesday night in north Fargo is similar to previous cases in the metro area, including a Nov. 27 incident in Moorhead, but police don't know if they are connected, Lt. Pat Claus said.

Graphic: Site of invasion

A home invasion reported Tuesday night in north Fargo is similar to previous cases in the metro area, including a Nov. 27 incident in Moorhead, but police don't know if they are connected, Lt. Pat Claus said.

Tuesday's report came from the 1000 block of Monte Carlo Drive in the Riviera Heights mobile home park.

The victim told police she arrived home just before 10 p.m. and went to bed, Claus said. She said she woke up a short time later when she heard a noise, and she looked up and saw a 5-foot-8-inch man standing in her bedroom doorway.

The victim fled the house to a nearby relative's home and contacted police at 10:21 p.m., Claus said Wednesday. Police searched the area, but did not find a suspect.

The dispatch log stated that the woman got up, pushed the intruder and ran to her aunt's house down the block. Claus, citing the police investigation, said he couldn't release details of the incident, including whether the victim's door was locked.

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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Fargo police at (701) 241-1405.

Tuesday's incident was the second "sleep-watcher" case reported in the metro area in the past three weeks and the sixth case in 14 months.

Claus said the fact pattern in Tuesday's case is similar to those previously reported.

"They are similar in nature, but we cannot at this point state that they are positively connected," he said.

On Nov. 27, a Concordia College student reported that she fell asleep while studying in her living room and awoke to find a man staring at her. She told Moorhead police that she yelled at the man before he left the apartment in the 900 block of Eighth Street South.

Moorhead Deputy Chief Bob Larson said police haven't received any information from the public in the case. The investigation continues.

Four home invasion cases were reported in November 2006 - three in West Fargo's Meadowridge area and a fourth in the 2500 block of Fargo's Villa Drive.

In each of the West Fargo reports, women told officers a man entered homes and got into bed with them. He stared at the women, and at a 10-year-old, until they woke up, but didn't physically harm any of them, police said. Two of the three November reports came from the same home.

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In the Fargo report, a woman said she found a man standing at her bedroom door.

Claus reminded residents to lock their doors and report suspicious behavior. Police receive several reports a year of intoxicated people inadvertently wandering into the wrong house, he noted.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528 Woman reports home invasion Mike Nowatzki 20071213

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