Man facing charges in Sandy Hill bedroom break-ins
Martin Dupuis, 34, to appear in court on Friday
A 34-year-old man is facing multiple charges including sexual assault in connection to three break-ins in the Sandy Hill area.
Police issued a warning Monday to keep doors and windows locked after two women were woken up by a strange man in their bedrooms early Sunday morning. Later in the week police released photos of a person of interest.
On Wednesday night at 10 p.m., police said the suspect made another attempt at a home on Chapel Street. He was confronted by the resident, who recognized him and contacted police. The suspect was arrested a few hours later in the Rideau Street/King Edward Avenue area.
Martin Dupuis, 34, has been charged with three counts of breaking and entering, sexual assault, attempt to commit an indictable offence, theft under $5,000, trespassing at night and breach of undertaking.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday morning.
Two break-ins on Sunday morning
The two earlier incidents both happened on Goulburn Avenue on Sunday morning, police said.
The first incident happened just after 4:30 a.m. when a suspect entered a home through an unlocked front door, police said.
A woman in the home woke up to find the suspect in her bedroom.
"He had made physical contact with her, which woke her up," said break and enter unit Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban.
She screamed and the suspect left. No attempt was made to silence the victim or restrain her, Ghadban said.
While police officers were working at the scene of the first call, another break-in was reported further down Goulburn Avenue a few blocks away.
Again, a woman said she had been woken up by a suspect who had entered her bedroom.
The front door had been unlocked.
In the second case, no physical contact was made. The victim screamed when she heard the man in the room, and the man then left the home.
Neither woman was hurt.