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Man breaks into apartment and beats woman

Latest: 5:20 pm, 5/26/14, Monday URBANA -- Police are asking for help finding a prowler.
Latest: 5:20 pm, 5/26/14, Monday
URBANA -- Police are asking for help finding a prowler. Authorities say a man assaulted a woman in her home.

There were two separate incidents last Saturday night. Both happened in the 400-block of South Busey Avenue.

A woman in an apartment heard the suspect knock on her window. She saw the man tapping a handgun on the glass. The suspect fled and police were unable to find him.

About two hours later, another home on Busey was targeted. A man entered through a window and assaulted the 23-year old woman living there. He hit her in the head with the gun. The woman escaped and the man exited through the same window where he'd entered. The victim was treated at the hospital for a broken cheekbone.

Police say securing your home is the best way to avoid being a victim. The suspect is described as a black man, 6' or slightly shorter. He was wearing a light-colored, hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Champaign County Crime Stoppers
(217) 373 - TIPS
373tips.com
Text: CCTip + info to CRIMES (274637)
Update: 10:07 pm, 5/19/14, Monday
URBANA -- Police are looking for a man involved in a home invasion. It happened in the 400-block of South Busey Street this weekend. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine spoke to a group of women who say the intruder was at their apartment just hours before.

It was graduation weekend. The women were getting ready for bed and preparing for the big day, but then things took a turn.

"It was roughly 2 am, and everyone was kind of getting ready for bed. I was actually out here with my brother."

Carolin McMenamin just finished enjoying a night with her roommates. And why not? She was graduating the next day.

"One of our roommates was brushing her teeth in the downstairs bathroom when she heard someone talking outside. She looked out the window to see what was going on and that's when the gun was pointed at the window."

Her brother ran to the back window, but the gunman got away. The women called 911, talked to police and went to bed.

"The cops came back, maybe 8 am, early in the morning to tell us what happened 90 minutes later across the street."

Police say the gunman climbed through an unlocked bedroom window and started beating the woman inside. She fought back and managed to escape with the help of her roommate. The gunman fled the scene.

"It's all these, 'what if' thoughts that go through, like, 'what if my brother hadn't been here? If we all had been asleep already, would he have gotten in our living room?'"

The group went to graduation, but it wasn't the same.

"It was definitely an odd contrast to have something so scary happen during such a joyful weekend."

The women are working with their landlord to put security measures in place. Police say they have six detectives working the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Champaign County Crime Stoppers
(217) 373 - TIPS
373tips.com
Text: CCTip + info to CRIMES (274637)
Original: 9:03 pm, 5/17/14, Saturday
URBANA -- Police are looking for a man who broke into a home and beat a woman while she was sleeping. It happened in the 400-block of South. Busey. Police were called to the home twice Saturday morning.

Around 2:30 am, a woman in the apartment heard a knock on her window. She saw a man tapping a handgun on the glass. The man fled and police were unable to find him. About two hours later, police believe the same man came back to the apartment and snuck in the through the window.

The suspect started hitting the 23-year old victim in the head with a handgun. She was able to escape and the man went out the same window where he entered. She was taken to the hospital, treated for a broken cheek bone and released.
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