Police warn of male prowler in East Anchorage

Tegan Hanlon

Anchorage police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who has entered or attempted to enter ground-level residences in East Anchorage where females were home alone.

The most recent incident occurred Monday at around 4 a.m. when a woman reported an unknown man in her bedroom, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an email. She told police she screamed and he fled her apartment off Reka Drive, Castro said.

It's one of three incidents reported in residential areas from south Mountain View to Northern Lights Boulevard within the past month, Castro said. All incidents have occurred between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The suspect has been identified as a man in his early 20s with a dark complexion. He's between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs 130 to 160 pounds, according to Castro. He has been seen wearing "a dark hoody and a dark doo-rag or beanie," Castro said.

Castro said that in two of the incidents the suspect has entered ground-level residences through sliding doors. Police believe the suspect flees the scene on a bicycle.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call APD at 786-8900 or, to remain anonymous, deliver tips via Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or anchoragecrime stoppers.com.

Reach Tegan Hanlon at thanlon@adn.com or 257-4589.