Ottawa police have released photos of a man they want to speak to in connection to two Sandy Hill area break-ins Sunday morning.
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.
The first incident happened just after 4:30 a.m. on Goulbourn Avenue, police said, when a suspect entered a home through an unlocked front door.
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.
2nd break-in on same street
While police officers were working at the scene of the first call, another break-in was reported further down Goulbourn 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 victim was hurt.
Search of area unsuccessful
Police and police dogs searched the area but found nothing.
"To be awakened by somebody in the middle of the night by someone in your bedroom, the police are taking it very, very seriously," Ghadban said.
Officers from the break and enter unit are now working with officers in the sexual assault and child abuse unit to determine whether or not any links could be made to other cases.
The suspect is described by police as a man about 20 to 30 years old, with a shaved head. He stands at about six feet to six feet three inches tall and has a muscular build.
At the time he was wearing a long-sleeved grey or beige sweater, possibly a hooded sweatshirt.
On Tuesday, police released images of a man they are hoping to identify in connection with the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa police break and enter unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 4533, or call Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) — toll free at 1-800-222-8477.